Online Learning: Pros and Cons

– Aakanksha Mishra

Online learning is a form of distance learning that takes over the internet. It can be interchanged with e-learning or distance learning. Over the past few years, distance learning has become very popular among students of all kinds of ages and this trend is perceived variedly by learners. Online learning is a revolutionary alternative of traditional classroom learning. It presents an easy method to acquire knowledge in almost all the fields, from sciences to history.

Online learning has a lot pros and cons. At first, let’s talk about its pros. The greatest advantage of online learning is that it provides learners with a flexible learning environment from any location in the world if they have access to the internet. Learners can easily plan their learning sessions and follow their own pace f study. Another significant advantage of e-learning is that one can attend classes from any convenient location available to them. Another good thing about e-learning is that the courses are available 24/7 to students whereas classroom learning requires the student to be physically present in the class at that particular time to access the course. There are a wide range of courses offered on the internet that helps the students to choose their desired one. There is no need to commute and it also somewhat contributes to environmental protection. Distance learning keeps the students self-motivated as the students can use more time to complete courses that they find difficult.

The other key merit of distance learning is that it provides learners great opportunities to advance their skills and accumulate their knowledge while still staying in their homes. For an instance, a Nepali student who wants to pursue his higher education in a foreign country does not have to go there to study it because he can study online and complete his desired course by staying at his own country. Therefore, online education is economically friendly and time saving as well. Learners also get the opportunity to acquire a degree from any university of the world regardless of their nationality and material status.

Online education has several drawbacks too. There is a huge interaction gap between the fellow students and the teachers that needs to be bridged for the increased effectiveness of online education. Other thing is that distance learning emphasizes the theoretical aspect of learning minimizing the practical aspect encouraging passive learning. Another disadvantage refers to the fact that there is lack of opportunities to express own self which may impact knowledge assimilation in a negative way. There is the lack of self-discipline in learners as such kind of education does not offer any guidelines to abide by. Consequently, a learner has complete freedom that can ruin the focus and divert it to something unproductive furthermore, some learners taking online education feel that they aren’t accredited which is a very big issue involved in e-learning. Spending too much time on this education has hazardous consequences because learners rely heavily on technology for this.

Considering the aforementioned, I still stick firmly to my view that online education is the best teaching learning method in this century. The advantages brought by online education overshadow all of its disadvantages. That’s why it is well liked by everyone from all parts of the world.

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