We exist in the Digital era. Everything around us is either digitalized or getting to it at a very high speed. The education sector has adopted the digital revolution too. Online education has become latest trend. Online courses, classes, teacher/tutors have become ubiquitous. But, you must have heard the saying – Every coin has two sides. So is the case with online education. Online education has its own advantages and disadvantages. Listed below are some of the pros and cons for online education.
1.Flexibility – The biggest advantage of online learning is its inherent flexible nature. It is available
24x 7, so a student can use it at will. The online courses offer a range of study hours and you can chose the one which suits you. It does not matter if you prefer studying at 4 in the morning or late in the evening. The online class is always open for you. Besides being available round the clock, it is ubiquitous in nature too. One can access it using a laptop or even a mobile. With online education, no matter where you are, as long as you have a mobile/laptop and reliable Internet connection, you have options.
2.Variety of options – Right from the short term courses to long-term academic programs, certificate courses, textbook solutions, additional questions, interactive graphics and videos, projects and blogs, online education has every option. All this not only clears the concept for the students but also gives added knowledge. It is a fun way to learn things.
3.No travel involved – With online education, you need not go to a different city or country for joining the courses that institutes may be offering. Online education allows you to join the courses from your place itself.
4.Pocket friendly – Online education provides a less costly way to gain knowledge. Many portals offer free courses too. So you can be sure that it will not burn a hole in your pocket. Numerous sites provide free CBSE online study material that provides solution for NCERT books and additional questions too.
1.Strong will power – As you know – with great powers come great responsibilities, so if you have the power of online education in your hand and you are not determined to make the most if it but instead take it for granted, then online education for you may not be a success pill. Since online education is without any invigilation and provides so much of flexibility, it can lead to distraction and procrastination among the students.
2.Distractions – Online education needs access to Internet and Internet is not restricted to just the course that you are learning. There are a number of other distractions that a student can get hooked on to like playing online games if bored or he/she may start using the social networking sites for chatting.
3.Limited interaction – Online education provides limited interaction with your teacher or professor and sometimes this can be a great disadvantage.
4.Technology issues – Technology can be both a boon and a bane as far as online education is concerned. You need to be tech-friendly and should have the right technology to reap the benefits of online learning. Moreover an Internet connection is a must for it, so if there is no internet there will be no online learning too.