Pros and Cons of Online Education

Well it is of no surprise to anyone that the year 2020 has been a year of immense natural calamities and a continuous fight against a virus. But amidst all the chaos, we’ve come across a lot of things which though existed pre-pandemic but have gained utmost importance in the past few months – and ONLINE EDUCATION is one of them. We have shortlisted some Pros and Cons of Online Education below for you to read about:

PROS
1. FLEXIBILITY
Students have the freedom to juggle their careers and school because they aren’t tied down to a fixed schedule. In a traditional classroom setting, class meeting times are set, and the student has no power over this, forcing them to work their schedules around these dates. Most people who choose online learning tend to have other commitments, and prefer this mode of learning as it gives them power over how they will delegate their time towards their different projects.
2. REDUCED COSTS

Online education can cost less due to a variety of reasons. For example, there is no cost for commuting. Assorted costs that are related to transport, such as fuel, parking, car maintenance, and public transportation costs don’t affect the online student.

3. NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Online education also provides students with the chance to network with peers across nations or even different continents. This often leads to other opportunities in terms of collaboration with other individuals in the implementation of a project. At the same time, it makes them culturally sensitive and able to fit into other environments easily given their exposure to other cultures.

4. DOCUMENTATION

All the information that you will need will be safely stored in an online database. This includes things like live discussion documents, training materials and emails. This means that if there’s ever anything that needs to be clarified, the student will be able to access these documents fast, saving valuable time. This is especially useful for individuals that need to carry out research for a project and submit their findings to a panel.

5. MORE COMFORTABLE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Commercials that feature online students studying in their pajamas only skims the surface of one of the benefits of online education: no physical class sessions. Students listen to lectures and complete assignments sent to them electronically, with no need to fight traffic, leave work early for class, or miss important family time.

CONS

1. LACK OF ACCREDITATION AND LOW QUALITY

Before you enroll in any online course, check if the program is accredited and verify this information with the accrediting agency. Legitimate schools, from established universities to newer online colleges, are proud of their status with accrediting agencies, and agencies are happy to accredit good schools. Therefore, this information is readily available online for you to check.

2. E-LEARNING CAN CAUSE SOCIAL ISOLATION

The E-Learning methods currently practiced in education tend to make participating students undergo lack of interaction, contemplation and remoteness As a result, many of the students and teachers who inevitably spend much of their time online can start experiencing signs of social isolation, due to the lack of human communication in their lives. 

3. LACK OF COMMUNICATION SKILL DEVELOPMENT

E-Learning methods are proven to be highly effective at improving the academic knowledge of the students. However, developing the communication skills of the students is an area often neglected during online lessons. Due to the lack of face-to-face communication between peers, students and teachers in an online setting, the students might find that they are unable to work effectively in a team setting.

4. ONLINE COURSES MAKE IT EASIER TO PROCRASTINATE

Just as there is a dark side to that controversial property known as the Force, there is a dark side to Internet-based courses. The dark side starts with procrastination. It’s easy to put off reading and assignments in the online environment. Before you know it, weeks have gone by, you haven’t done any homework and it’s exam time. Scary bad. Creepy anxious. Too real.

5. ONLINE COURSES REQUIRE YOU TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN LEARNING

Only you are responsible for your learning. I can’t force it on you. I can’t make you study. I can share a little knowledge and experience, show you a few tools and hope you get it. The spark and desire to pursue your dreams must be yours.

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