Distance education has become a routine thing nowadays due to the difficulty of direct contact and communication in light of the COVID-19.
Corona pandemic struck education systems in all countries of the world, and countries were forced to use e-learning methods, after educational institutions viewed e-learning as a kind of auxiliary factors in education, and other institutions viewed it as a luxury and a kind of increase in educational options for those who wish to provide Educationally or training, today, it has become a necessity, and a means to enable hundreds of millions of students to learn remotely, who have lost the opportunity to go continuously to educational institutions.
E-learning combines distance education and classroom education, through modern means and mechanisms of communication, such as computers, networks, and multimedia, combining sound, image, graphics, search mechanisms, and digital libraries, with the aim of reaching the student in the shortest time, with the least effort, and the greatest benefit.
But in light of this crisis ( Corona crisis), psychological tension and learning can never meet; The learning process, whether it is in its traditional or electronic form, requires a clear mind and a high concentration in order to achieve the ability to acquire new information and knowledge properly. What if the learning process itself constitutes a psychological barrier to the learner? Certainly; It will not be effective even if the student spends dozens of hours trying to access the information and install it in his mind.
Many experts in distance education and its methods wonder why most students enroll in a new course, but the passion within them to complete it quickly fades! The occurrence of this phenomenon coincides despite the huge information revolution in our time and the desire of many people to enroll in distance training courses and their awareness of their importance.
Therefore, it must be related to some of the challenges facing these students; Which causes them to have some psychological barriers that prevent them from continuing to learn through distance learning platforms until the end. Perhaps the most prominent of these challenges are the following:
Ignorance Of Computer and Internet Technologies
Some students' unfamiliarity with how to use a computer and the Internet may result in a failure to complete the educational stage successfully.
Here, the solution lies in the necessity for the student to attend training courses that train him on the basics of using computers and the Internet. It should be noted that there are many students who are in remote areas as well as in villages, which makes it difficult for them to use the internet and deal with online learning.
Spending a lot of Time In Front of Screens
A study conducted in 2013 confirmed that the nature of the human mind interacts more with paper materials with a greater percentage than digital screens, in terms of absorbing difficult and complex information, and other studies have shown that one class in the classroom is equivalent to 3 classes received by the student through distance education technology. This is in addition to the negative impact that limits the development of students on the social and emotional level, which is why it has become one of the most challenging distance education challenges that we face today.
Concern about the wrong use of the Internet
This comes as a result of the inability to access the required sources of information at times, or the lack of confidence in the available information sources, and the constant fear of accessing unapproved or non-educational sites at other times. Some students are afraid of sourcing and studying information on the Internet and believe that most of it is incorrect.
Distraction and lack of commitment due to too much information
Most students are afraid of carrying information and the large amount of material available on online training platforms; This leads to their being distracted, losing the ability to focus and commit to attending all the lessons scheduled on the e-learning platform.
Online education is distraction and lack of commitment because of the abundance of information.
Most students are afraid of the information load and the large amount of material available on the online training platforms; This causes them to become distracted and lose the ability to focus and commit to attending all the lessons scheduled in the training course.
Online education has caused lethargy and laziness among many students. And some are too lazy to attend the lesson or lecture on its original time, relying on its record, that they will hear it at any other time.
The students of the future will demand the learning support that is appropriate for their situation or context. Nothing more, nothing less. And they want it at the moment the need arises. Not sooner, not later. Mobile devices will be a key technology for providing that learning support.
— Dr. Marcus Specht, Professor of Advanced Learning Technologies, Open University of Netherlands.
Unavailability of technical support
By this I mean the problem of sudden internet outages or power outages and other technical problems that prevent the student from continuing to attend lessons or lectures on time and lose his focus.
There are many countries with poor internet, especially in remote areas, villages and slums.
Lack of direct communication with the teacher or doctors
Some e-learning platforms rely on an asynchronous learning system; Where the teacher or lecturer can record his educational materials on the electronic platform in order to allow the student to listen to the lecture later, the student will lose the process of direct communication with the teacher or lecturer.
Increased material requirements
In the past, education expenses were limited to paying school fees only, but in our time, especially in light of the Corona pandemic, these expenses have increased and it has become necessary to provide a personal computer for each student at home, which means that if the family has 4 students, whether in schools or universities, and this means the necessity of having A personal computer for each of them, which increases the burden and costs on parents, and thus increases the difficulties and challenges for parents with limited income.
Loss of educational resources
As a result of the inability to go to schools and universities under the corona virus, it has become difficult to access some resources that support the education process such as reference libraries, along with materials related to the university.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Rawan Osama
Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 15, 2021:
Thanks for reading, Sankhajit
Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on June 15, 2021:
nice composition...an awareness to social affairs...
Rawan Osama (author) from Egypt on June 15, 2021:
Thanks you for reading . I totally agree with you.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 15, 2021:
This is an excellent well-written article, Rawan. I knew there were many challenges with distant learning, but you explained these challenges very well.
I have thought for some time that the development of students on the social and emotional level was very serious. Children need the interaction with other students, and as you stated there is really a whole list of challenges. Thanks for sharing this information.