Advantages and Disadvantages of the Online-Learning process

The educational institutions around the globe have been switching to online-teaching to help keep up with the academics in this time of lock-down and social isolation. Hence, with the widespread use of this method, we at the MVM Group of Institutions today would like to highlight the pros and cons of online teaching.

In an attempt to keep this more comprehensive and much briefed, we will be listed below the advantages and disadvantages in general associated with online-teaching.

Advantages of online teaching :

  • Learning continuity; it helps the students in keeping up with the learning process even without physically attending an academic setting.
  • The convenience of your home to attend class or complete assignments. It lessens your worry of leaving early from home to make it to class on time or choosing to dress-up to class and helps you provide more of your time to learning and focus on the class content.
  • Flexibility; in scheduling one’s routine and time around the class.
  • Self-discipline; at-home education adds to your responsibility, keeps your time aware and helps you keep up with your goals and stay organised.
  • Financial benefit; the at-home classes not only save your time, but they also help you save the money you’d otherwise have spent on travel or outside food.
  • Social connection; it helps connect you to your faculty and peers besides the environmental constraints.

Disadvantages of Online-teaching :

  • Condensed face-to-face interactions; since multiple forms of data may be involved during online teaching in the form of explanations from the faculty, slide presentations or video demonstrations, more focus may be given to class content thereby, hindering face-to-face interactions between the faculty and student.
  • Issues with connectivity; delayed feedback due to area-wise internet connectivity issues set difficulty in dictating pointers or notes on the subjects reducing the quality of education or learning in an otherwise traditional class in the university.
  • Increased workload; effective online-teaching makes it more difficult for the faculty and students as it takes more of their time to prepare for the class for the former or to keep up with the written assignments for the latter.
  • Requires good time-management skills; one has to plan his routine around the class as they get extended due to connectivity issues or to set aside more time to complete his/her assignments as most of the data is written for better understanding.
  • The intense need for self-discipline; the students are required to develop an increased sense of responsibility and stay on track. With the absence of a physical tutor, it is necessary for them to be active learners.
  • Greater need for self-direction; the freedom that is offered to the students with much convenience and comfort on hands might get overwhelming. It is hence essential for them to understand, develop and adapt to the style/ format of learning that suits them best while taking maximum pointers or notes from the ongoing classes.

We will look into simple strategies to be effective at taking classes online for the teaching faculty and discuss a few pointers to help students reap maximum benefits from these classes in our next post. Keep coming back to this section for updates on more of such content.

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