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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9 comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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,

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

  4. 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

  5. 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 .

  6. 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 ).

  7. 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 .

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