The Advantages & Disadvantages of Online Learning.

Posted by Anil Kumar G on November 30th, 2020

Owing to the pandemic, schools and colleges sent students home and switched to remote learning. While the nation is still grappling with Covid-19 spiralling out of control, everyone is trying to adapt to the new normal. 

Educational institutions have switched from face-to-face instruction and conventional ways to school online learning.

With a significant number of colleges and universities opting for online education after the spring, students will have to continue their education from home until the next year. To combat the impact of COVID-19, students are encouraged to begin their studies from home. 

Apart from daily academics, students are now being encouraged to pursue extra-curricular activities online as well.

What Are The Advantages & Disadvantages Of E-Learning?

While e-learning comes with its unique advantages, it also is not free of disadvantages.

Advantages of Online Learning :-

Convenience and Flexibility: On-campus study programs follow a rigid time table, but online courses let the students access the course at any time. Not only that— students can review lectures, explanations and get their doubts cleared at any time. 

Student Enrichment: Online courses are less intimidating for sure, but it can also increase student interaction to a large extent. Students can talk more openly to their instructors while asking about their doubts. 

Cost-Effective Choices: Online courses are affordable— learners can save the costs of transportation and other expenses. Not only that—some online courses nowadays come with reading materials, so you don't need to spend a lot on physical textbooks.

Great Attendance Rate: With education becoming accessible online, students find it easier to be present online from home, so students miss fewer lessons. With the convenience of location, there are fewer chances of students being not present.


Disadvantages Of Online Learning

Sense of Isolation :

In the traditional classroom, students can build strong relationships and network with face-to-face interactions. With online classroom settings, students feel that sense of alienation and find it difficult to open up as there are no physical interactions. Classroom setting allows students to learn from their classmates or peers and take help easily. 

So, instructors should start engaging students with each other through other group activities.

Easily distracted:

With traditional classroom settings switching to online learning, students find it hard to concentrate on their computer or mobile screens. Some people find it easy to study from online materials, while others prefer face-to-face interaction. One of the major challenges is remaining focused on screens for a longer period of time. 

Limited student feedback:

Traditional classroom setting allows students to reach out to their coach or mentor to gain perspective or feedback & vice versa. WIth physical interactions being restricted, students may feel a sense of disconnection or disappointment with no or less personal feedback. E-learning still needs to accommodate personal feedback to uplift the spirits of students.

Technology Issues:

Another obstacle faced by a majority of students is the failure to attend a lecture smoothly due to connectivity issues. Although it's still not a huge problem in big cities, decent-speed Internet access is still a major worry for students in smaller towns and cities.

Digital learning is the new norm until a long time, and many top-ranked colleges are opening their doors to online learning and making it accessible. While there are certain disruptions and disadvantages of online learning over traditional classroom sessions, online learning is still emerging as a popular mode of learning and teaching as it allows students to learn at their own pace.

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