Besides the usual masks and sanitizers, working and learning from home has become the standard. According to research, online learning increases knowledge retrieval and takes less time, implying that the adjustments caused by the pandemic are here to remain.
But is it really that simple? Let’s take a look at the key benefits and drawbacks of online learning.
What needs work?
- Impacts focus: The biggest problem with online classes is that children are unable to concentrate on the lessons for long periods of time. Social networking sites can also quickly divert their attention. Teachers need to be able to get the kids back on track with interactive, crisp, and engaging delivery.
- Reduced social interaction: Peers and colleagues help people develop their social skills and emotional quotient in addition to advancing their intellectual interests. Interacting with peers and learning about their perspectives helps students improve holistically. Unfortunately, this isn’t an option with online education.
- Technological issues: A seamless learning environment is hampered by low bandwidth, power outages and fluctuating internet connectivity. This is especially true in developing countries.
- Too much screen time: Need we say more about the impact screen time has on children’s health?
Where online education scores?
- Multiple modes of delivery: Children are given a plethora learning opportunities to keep them involved and engaged, such as daily lectures, lecture notes, worksheets, visual aids, PPTs, animations, audio clips, game-based material, and so on.
- Suits all kinds of learners: Unlike traditional classrooms, which rely on monotonous lessons and black/whiteboards, online education provides a variety of learning opportunities that benefit visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, and tactile students, as well as children with learning disabilities.
- Easily accessible and affordable: Students don’t have to travel far to access knowledge. Recorded sessions and videos allow for further revision options. Notes and supports for lectures can be used at any time.
- Less coordination: Just clicking one link. That’s all it takes to get things going. Could not be easier. For teachers or parents.
- And, yes, the environmental advantages are enormous!! : Online schooling automatically reduces paper use, ink consumption, and energy use. It also reduces fuel demand and has a lower impact on emissions. Furthermore, the additional logistical headaches are no longer a problem.
Online education is here to stay, whether we want it or not. Keeping up with the times and embracing any new technology whilst ensuring a watch on the child’s progress will help them learn in the best way possible. All in moderation, as they say!!
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