With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been many new norms established in society with, online school being one of them. Over the past year, schools and colleges over the world have been looking at online platforms as a way to continue education. Now, digital learning is an essential part of the lives of students and teachers. Not only are academics, but extracurricular activities are also online for students.
Online school is undeniably convenient. There is no time lost in travelling back and forth from campus, no geographical restrictions and, you can set up a learning pace for yourself. Some institutions even allow classes to be recorded so that students can watch them later if they didn’t understand a concept or want to revise a topic.
Along similar lines, online learning is also quite efficient in the way teachers can choose to teach their students. By not just using textbooks to teach students and including online resources, teachers are becoming more creative with their method of conducting classes. Educators can use PDF’s, PowerPoint presentations, videos, images, mind maps as part of their classes.
Another benefit of online learning is the financial costs. Online learning does not require student transportation fees nor buying expensive textbooks. A student can even start a part-time job due to the extra time that online learning creates. Surprisingly, another perk of online classes is improved students attendance. It could be because classes are taken from home, and there are fewer chances of a student bunking a class.
One of the biggest problems with offline learning was traditional education methods not being fit for all types of learning styles. But with online learning, this problem is solved as there is a way to make learning fit for any learning style. Online learning can be personalized in many ways that are apt for the student.
A major drawback of online learning is the inability to focus on the screen for a long time. It is easy for students to get distracted by social media or other platforms. Therefore, Teachers must strive to keep their classes short, and engaging to ensure that students pay attention to the class. There is also the issue of screen time. Not only is the school online but also the homework and resources. This extended screen time is detrimental to one’s health and is terrible for the eyes. A solution to this could be giving students more breaks between classes.
Another problem with online learning is technology issues. A consistent internet connection can be challenging in smaller cities and towns even though the internet has improved over the years. Without a stable internet connection, online classes can be difficult as it’ll be hard to maintain concentration. There is also the issue of teachers getting used to teaching online and using digital forms of teaching.
Most students are stuck inside their houses and have a sense of isolation. Students learn a lot of life skills by spending time in a classroom with peers. In online classes, there are barely any physical interactions among students and teachers. This means that it is important for other means of communication between peers and teacher via video calls, online messages or emails.