The COVID-19 pandemic has made online learning the “new normal” for many of us. But is that a good thing? In this blog, we'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of online classes, and help you decide if online learning is the best option for you. Online learning can create a sense of isolation, as students are no longer in an environment dedicated to learning and are surrounded by distractions. It also requires additional training for instructors, as teachers became teachers because they love teaching, not necessarily because they have an affinity for technology.
Online classes are prone to technical problems, and looking at digital screens has a myriad of negative effects for both adults and children. Completing online courses means increasing screen time, which can lead to eye fatigue, circadian rhythm disturbance, headaches, and neck and back pain. Students taking online classes should take steps to avoid the symptoms of spending too much screen time. Many instructors even offer one-on-one training sessions for students seeking that level of instruction.
Online classes may not be a good option for those who are already feeling the negative effects of spending too much screen time. Additionally, it can be difficult to focus on the class due to lack of structure and the ease of distraction from social media or other sites. Students may also encounter challenges or that they don't understand the material when learning online. Buying devices for online classes is costly, especially if there are several children in online classes and each one needs their own devices to complete schoolwork.
In addition, there is a greater likelihood that students will not recognize the real disadvantage of an Internet-based course. However, online learning has opened a transition for students and professionals to acquire new skills in a variety of industries. It has also alleviated several learning constraints, such as budget and schedule, which traditionally limited student learning trajectories. In conclusion, online learning has both advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration when deciding if it is the best option for you.
Students should take steps to avoid the symptoms of spending too much screen time, and instructors should provide additional training and support.