Online learning or e-learning has been around for years now. In the past couple of years, online learning has only increased and due to the pandemic, there has been a paradigm shift from classroom classes to virtual classes.
While the essence of the two remains the same, there are certain advantages and disadvantages of online classes.
Let’s start with the advantages of online classes.
Advantages of Online Classes
Reduced Travel Time
With online classes, you don’t have to travel anywhere as opposed to going to a classroom. You can easily sit at the comfort of your bed and learn.
Access from Everywhere
You can access online classes for anywhere in the world. There is no restriction of location. At times you can also access them at a convenient time, unless the class is being held by a teacher at a particular time. Generally, classes are also pre-recorded so that access to the content is 24x7.
Classroom learning has a fixed schedule and does not have any flexibility in the learning process. Online classes give you the flexibility to plan your day as you please and schedule breaks as per your convenience. You can even pause the video to understand the content better and even speed up the education content in case you find something repetitive or not worth spending time on.
Reduced Documentation Time & Storage Space
Using resources, you can save time on documenting your work. You wouldn’t need to physically write or store your work. You can use internet resources such as cloud to save your work and assignments. Another advantage is that you will save up on physical space in your house, since you would need only a virtual storage space.
Cost Reduction on Physical Textbooks
Physical textbooks can be very expensive and generally classroom learning involves purchase of the physical copies. Digital textbooks come in just a fraction of the price of the book’s physical copy. Also, updated copies can be much easier to get digitally than in the physical format.
Disadvantages of Online Classes
Challenge of Distractions
While taking online classes, it may be difficult for some people to focus and not get distracted by other content on the internet. There is the challenge of getting distracted by social media and other websites.
Ineffectiveness Due to Network Errors
For online classes to be truly effective, one very important component is a stable internet connection. However, sometimes there might be such instances where access to a stable internet due to backend issues may not be there which would interfere with learning.
Increase in Screen Time
Our screen time is already increasing as our collection of electronic devices is increasing. To top it off with online classes is only going to add up onto the already increasing screen time. This can only add to the physical problems in the human body such as bad posture, eye straining, headaches etc.
No Physical/Face-to-Face Interaction
As human beings, we are used to physical face-to-face interaction with other people. Online classes restrict us from providing that experience. Sometimes, when we interact with other people, new ideas are exchanged and with online classes can be a little difficult to do that.
Challenge of Procrastination
It is difficult to motivate one self when it comes to learning on your own. We often find ourselves procrastinating especially when there is no one around to motivate us. In classroom learning, we see our peers, and seeing them learn we get motivated to learn ourselves.
While online classes have their shortcomings, they do have a great share of advantages. Online classes are definitely here to stay with us for the long haul, but classroom learning cannot be replaced, especially in the short term. The personal touch of a teacher and with peers is a really important component of learning. But online classes definitely help us in many ways.
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.
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