The pandemic has affected the world as a whole. Due to this virus, the lockdown was imposed, which has completely changed our lifestyles and daily routines. It has also modified the education system, shifting educational studies to the online course of action.
Online studies have had a lot of both, negative and positive impacts on young students and their academic progress. Nonetheless, it’s hard for young brains to adjust to this sudden change of regime shortly. The new paradigm of zoom classes and podcasts offers many benefits, as well as a lot of challenges for students.
Virtual classrooms may seem easier and more flexible at first, however, there are many drawbacks and difficulties in learning through online courses too.
In this article, you’ll find out about all the benefits and misfits of online learning as well as tips on how to make online classes more effective.
Benefits of learning online
Online studies offer a vast variety of benefits to students. They are easier and also enhance a student’s capabilities to be self-reliant. The benefits of online classes are listed below:
Online learning is easier than on-ground learning. As it is usually concise and precise, eliminating the factor of lengthy and boring lectures.
Online classes are mostly to the point and easier to understand.
E-learning is cheaper than attending in-person classes. There are no expenses of conveyance, parking, and petrol. Also, schools don’t have to pay the utility bills too.
No chronological or geographical restriction
This is the best advantage of online classes. You can learn from anywhere at any time. It gives you the freedom to learn from the comfort of your bedroom or out from the cold Himalayas. All you need is a good internet connection and technology that suits you.
This feature of E-learning has practically shrunk the global village. There is no limit of time in this regard as well. You can attend your lecture and learn at any time of the day.
Opportunity for introverts
Online classes offer a great opportunity for shy and meek children who don’t like to speak in front of the teacher or their classmates. Communicating with the teacher through a screen helps them ask questions and comment confidently.
This benefits to clear their doubts and understand the lecture better. It also enables them to make friends, overcoming their shyness.
A virtual classroom validates the factor of individual attention for each student. The teacher is available to read every student’s query and comment and reply separately. Thus, resulting in a better understanding between the teacher and the learners.
No disturbance and distraction
An on-ground classroom requires a lot of effort to maintain discipline among the students. However, distance learning keeps the students apart, resulting in lesser disturbance and distraction for pupils. Therefore, an effective virtual learning environment is created.
Virtues through virtual learning
Students are encouraged to develop virtues like self-reliance and responsibility. Digital learning enhances the abilities of self-dependence and self-discipline. Since there is no instructor or chaperone at the head of the students, they have to be to articulate and manage time and work themselves,
The coming era is of technology. This online learning system is beneficial in the way that it prepares the next generation for the digital future. It provides them with the necessary know-how of gadgets and Edtech. This is very helpful in making our youngsters well aware and well prepared for a future that will be ruled by technology.
Online classes promote anonymity. It eliminates the factors of appearance, race, color, age, disabilities, or gender to allow discrimination among the pupils. Teachers are left to judge the students based on only their capability to respond or contribute to a lecture under-discussion. All the students are equal in the eyes of a teacher.
Disadvantages of online learning
As much as we may find E-learning easy and flexible, there surely are drawbacks to it too.
Online classes are more time-taking than in-person classes.
Their duration is longer as the professor has to elaborate on each topic sufficiently and reply by typing each pupil’s query. and typing certainly takes more time than speaking and reading more than hearing.
Tech accessibility and its knowledge
The availability of proper equipment and technology to learn online is a basic requirement for online studies. But it’s not present for everyone due to either economic or logistic reasons. Internet connection is not universally present everywhere either. Nevertheless, a student may have both, an internet connection and the required gadgets, but the basic knowledge to operate these is also a matter of concern. Edtech is not so common in rural areas and socioeconomic neighborhoods.
Procrastination is easier
A child learning online can easily procrastinate his assignments, due to the lack of a proper instructor. A student is free to delay his course of learning.
Overuse of screen time
Due to online classes, young children are supposed to spend a lot of time In front of screens. We all are aware of the harms of the overuse of screens. On top of that, due to lockdown and to practice social distancing, children turn to play games on devices. Which adds more to screen time.
Sense of isolation
Online classes create a sense of isolation in children. They become used to solitary confinement and like being alone. This is not good for their personality development and society’s organization
Youngsters are getting used to communicating with a screen in between. The confidence to speak face-to-face with someone and the ability to interact has been compromised.
Devices offer Distraction
Students studying on laptops and mobiles are easily disturbed by the notification sounds from social media applications. A beep is enough to break the tempo of their studying and distract them from their studies.
Parent’s role doubled
We all know that young children can not study without someone in-charge. And with online studies, the absence of an instructor calls for the parents to play that role. This has overburdened the parents to constantly supervise their children while studying.
How can parents make online classes more effective
I can give you some tips to make online classes more efficient and also to cover the disadvantages caused by E-learning.
Create a comfortable and peaceful place for your child to study. It will work wonders! If your young kid can study without any disturbance, it’ll help in creating a perfect VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
2. Promote physical activity
Don’t allow your child to remain sedentary throughout the day. Get him up and out for physical activity. Encourage your kid to limit screen time. Since he has to study online, he should avoid digital games as well.
3. In-person class
Teachers should conduct an in-person class every once in a while to evaluate the student’s progress and see if they are studying well online or not. This will help abate the parent’s load.
I hope these tips will help you in getting your youngster to study online in an effective way. Schools will reopen soon and everything will be back to normal.