E-learning – Pros & Challenges

e-learning - pros & challenges

Theme:

  • COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the rise of E-learning. This situation led to debates on whether e-learning is a good alternative to classroom learning.

Pros of E-learning:

  • Due to COVID-19 pandemic, students are not able to attend schools and colleges. Even in this situation, they didn’t stop learning. This was possible due to the e-learning option.
  • A few girl children and differently-abled children are not attending schools/colleges due to lack of facilities there. E-learning is a boon for them.
  • E-learning gives flexibility. Even if we miss any class, we can listen to it later.
  • Students can repeat the lesson many times if they didn’t understand the concepts.
  • Through e-learning, teachers can explain the concepts using animations or other technologies, so that students can understand the concepts much clearly.

Challenges of E-learning:

  • In the classroom, students will not only learn the subject but also interacts with other students and thereby make friends. Classroom influences the overall personality development of students. With e-learning, students will be deprived of this opportunity.
  • As students have to look at screens continuously, it can strain their eyes.
  • With e-learning, teachers may not be able to focus on all the students, which will be possible in the classroom. Teachers may not also understand whether students could grasp the concept or not.
  • The classroom environment is lively in nature, whereas sitting in front of a computer or smartphone to listen to the classes will be boring.
  • Even in this 21st century, some people do not have internet facility. So, e-learning deepens the inequality between rich and poor.
  • E-learning may not create as much seriousness as classroom learning. So, students may not be motivated enough to listen to the class.
  • Not all parents are technologically educated to help their children in case of any issues.
  • If the device has other apps such as youtube, students may become distracted. Several students are already suffering from smartphone addiction. So, parents may not feel safe to leave the children unsupervised.

Conclusion:

E-learning is super beneficial for students as well as teachers, especially in this COVID-19 pandemic situation. But it cannot be a sustainable alternative to classroom learning. It can only be used as a supplement. Moreover, internet access should be available to all, so that every student can utilize this opportunity.

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  1. According to me E learning is really helpful. In this present pandemic situation people are trying hard to survive. In these kind of situation students are unable to attend college so they can still learn and can use the time in a productive way by utilising E learning. To students who are physically challenged these kinds of platforms are most prominent. Even though students from village area don’t have internet access all the time they can watch it later. Because E learning is providing facility that students can watch any class n number of times until they Understand it.I conclude that E learning is very much needed in this pandemic situation

    1. I agree with your views but there is nowhere mentioned about the pandemic. You have to write your views not only on the basis of the situation the world is facing now but also keeing a eye on the every kind of situation.

  2. E learning is beneficial platform but upto some extend only. Offline classroom plays an important role in developing students personality. Interaction between classmates is not possible in case of online learning

    1. Right, Rutuja. Classroom learning has its own advantages, which e-learning cannot provide.

  3. According to me online platform is good for student they can study easily and same Alot of own time.and utilise this time for learning online courses.which is beneficial for growth their knowledge and through this grap opportunities.at the end I would like to say we are the creator and controller of this technology it depand on us how to use in an effective way.

  4. E-learning has proved to be very beneficial for all the students during these tough time. It has helped the students to continue with their studies and not to compromise on it . However there has also been many challenges which both students and teachers faced during their online sessions.
    For many students it was difficult to pay attention and concentrate on what is going on in the lecture because at home there are many people and some or the other person may disturb you by again and again coming in your room or asking you for your help in their matters. So this might break the flow of their studies. Students also lacked motivation to study because there was lack of interaction
    Now for teachers it was a task to manage the students and maintain the discipline similar to the classroom. Kudos to all the teachers as they managed to learn the technology so their students don’t have to compromise on their studies and waste their entire year. However teachers also faced may disturbances during their lectures and technological hacks which they managed quite calmly.
    Lastly, e-learning has proved to be very useful in these tough times but it cannot replace the quality and interactive classroom teaching .It can sometimes be used asa medium of teaching in some situations but it cannot permanently repace the classroom teaching

  5. As we know that education is the basis on any nation and in present time without education a person cannot proper live in our society . And you get two type of education first is online/E-learning education and second is offline education. And both are good and both are bad. In offline education parents have no fear their children study and provide education is only responsibility for children by the school. But in online /E-learning education this is responsibility parents and they focus on their children activities that their children are read or not.
    In online education teacher cannot focus on students activities and many students are going wrong sides and they divert their study but in offline education teacher able to focus on every children activities. So offline education is good .
    And offline education is good because in online education less interaction among the student to student and student to teacher . But in offline education interaction is high among the student to student and student to teacher.
    And in online education the children get any education at home any time any where .If you miss the any class you can see free time .and in online education if you don’t understand the any topic in one time so you can repeat when you understand it .

  6. E-Learning is the best mode of education because in India most of the society don’t give permission to their girls to go outside from their home so, with the help of e-Learning they can lean and developed their skills and fulfil their dream. most of the disabled children cannot attend the schools and colleges but they can take their proper education with the help of online learning.

  7. I think that e-learning is benificial because we comes to know about new functions of the device, we also save our time as we are not able to join so after sometime we can see the replay of the class
    It also insure safety from comfort to home during this pandemic situation although it is overcomed its important to follow safety rules.

  8. i am againest of e-learning because the students of outskirts village whose parents are not aware of technology their children make them foolish and do not give focus on study.

  9. E learning is better in this situation of covid-9.
    Some new reforms will helpfull to improve in education field. If you are serious with your study than it can be a good option for you.

  10. E learning is better in this situation of covid-9.
    Some new reforms will helpfull to improve in education field. If you are serious with your study than it can be a good option for you.

  11. From ancient times in India the practise of going school is there but due to devlopment of science e-learning also become common acc. to me Classroom study is better than e-learning bcoz doubt is clear at the moment and student learn social values and a personal attention on every student

  12. I agree with you but many town remain in india there donot have any facility of internet connection.

  13. I agree with all but e learning is beneficial for ppor students becoz they can not afford classroom fees

  14. One of the benefit of e- learning is that it saves the time of going to and coming back from classes, this is one good thing. A serious student who will save his/her time here can use it for doing some other important tasks.

  15. according to my opinion, In online learning students face a lot of problem due to the slow internet.they do not understand the subject properly and interaction between teacher and student is very less. in online classes, students join the class and they do whatever they want.their is not discipline in online class.they are just wasting their time and teachers time too,

  16. Yes, I think the overall growth of the children would be obstructed due to e-learning platform, but it does offer portability and safety.

  17. It is observed that the retention rate of student during online class is 25-60% more than classroom system.
    We need to work on more secure infrastructure to overcome the overuse and misuse of online systems affecting the students.
    E-learning is already imbibed in urban culture, some private firms to name a few like BYJUS, Unacademy have set up the platforms. To bridge the gap of digital divide the starting point of development should hit the bottom most rock of Indian society and grow there on wards.
    Surely, the pandemic has proved to be catalyst in shaping Indian education

  18. While teaching online, teachers have only options to provide assignment to students in the form of pdf or word , so this helps to minimise the use of paper .

  19. Technology can be boon or bane depending upon its use and e-learning is no exception.In tough times like this we can use e-learning to give children uninterrupted education.we can save their precious time unless their year will be wasted,but at the same time we have to ensure the parity in access to e-learning which can’t be done without support of government.Definitely e-learning can’t subsitute classroom learning but that doesn’t undermine its utility

    1. 1. E- learning mainly focuses on theory portion not on practical study. Without practical work study is nothing. Practical gives clear picture on important topics mainly in science . That’s why it focuses on theory not on practical.
      2. E- learning lacks basic infrastructures for poor students, they have no devices like smartphones, laptop, tablet etc. Major population of the Indian students are below poverty lines who can’t afford these devices. Also they can’t afford internet data because it is costly ( *many children go to bed without night meal).
      3. Teacher’s do not pay proper attention on every students.
      4. Also students can’t get proper attention on study they lack concentration because there is network issues and so on.
      5. Many students in India don’t know about e- learning or they are not tech savvy ; they don’t know how to deal with this(* because elementary education is in India is not on global standards ).

  20. Yes, e-learning can be beneficial if the internet facility become improve in small towns so that each and every student take the advantage from e learning platform.
    The most important thing is that schools and colleges should help the poor and background students by providing them some facilities such as giving PC’s so they aslo get advance knowledge .

    1. E-Learning is not a new concept but it emerged as a boon for students to continue their study in the current pandemic situation.
      Yes E-Learning has it’s own advantages such as providing the knowledge at the home without moving other place. Students are safe at the home and learning is continuing, their time is also utilized effectively, they can revise the topic due to its online availability.

      But still there are some cons in the eLearning system.
      For the eLearning one has to need internet facilities, good mobile, laptop, tablets and required electricity but in India there lots of place where electricity is not available and in case yes then for a limited time. There is a large fraction still belonging to under poverty and middle class, they are struggling for food so how they can mange these extra expense. Even old teachers also not aware about this new technology and they are not still comfortable with it so there way of teaching also got affected and they are not able to pick the students that how much they are learning in the class.

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