The pandemic situation boosted the graph of Online education not because of its efficiency and convenience rather that is the only medium left to carry on studies in such situations. Even the colleges or schools which were operating only with the traditional way had to update and get online. Although it was a problem for both the teachers and students of the nation because of the resources available and other factors, now online classrooms are the new normal. In this particular article, we will be covering this topic with the future perspective and its pros and cons.
Future of Online Education or Distance learning in India
Nation has seen a big transition of students from the regular mode of education to distance learning or online education in the past few years and the ongoing situations made students & teachers used to the online medium. Although the traditional education medium is and will be the preferred education mode in the Nation we can’t disagree with the fact that we can expect a good rise in online education or distance learning education in near future. The medium has it’s own advantages and disadvantages, some of which we have covered below.
Pros & Cons of Online education in India
Talking about the pros and cons of the online education mode in India, it will vary from student to student or teacher to teacher because of different perspectives and conditions but we have tried to cover all the major or common pros and cons of it.
Which is the biggest Advantage?
Safety is the biggest advantage, although it is temprory but as of now there’s no doubt about it that safety is the only reason schools and colleges are operating through the online medium. So we can consider safety as the biggest advantage of online education mode throughout the globe atleast for 2020.
Flexibility at its best
Students or teachers don’t need to be physically present at any specific location as they are just a click away from the online classes. A practicle example would be of the delhi university or any other major university which has students & teachers coming from different parts of the nation and in this particular pandemic situation all of them can just join in an online classroom through their smartphones or systems from wherever they are. In general if the top universities make the online medium seperately available for the students then it will definitely promote quality education in the Nation.
Removing the amount of time involved in commuting which is there in the traditional way will make the system more time efficient. let’s discuss it through numbers, lets assume commute takes around 60 minutes of a student everyday, if we calculate it for a month it would be 1.25 days spent only on commute and around 15 days in an year that number might sound less to you but keep in mind that time is the most precious resource we have.
The expenses involved in travelling, staying and persuing education through universities in defferent parts of the country is something which not every capable student can afford. Economical reasons might be biggest hinderance for a lot of capable students around the country to come out and do something extra ordinary, although the government universities has infrastructure built for the these students so that they can pursue their education at the minimal cost possible but if we calculate the number of capable & passionate students and the availability of such resources, there will be a big difference. Opting the online medium as well can solve the economical issies for the capable student of the country.
Disadvantages of Online Classes
Availability of Resources
Although we are in the digital era but we can not deny the fact that our Nation still has areas which are far away from network connectivity. In such a scenario we can not rely on the online education medium where students and teacher might not have the basic resources for it. Dependence on the technology is a con which can be resolved but we don’t know when it will be resolved.
There’s a reaon behind why traditional education mode is preffered over distance learning or online which is, it gives students the social exposure which is an important factor for their development. Online medium of education can not have that type of envoirment to provide social exposure to the students, so it is one of the major cons.
Distractions of the digital world
Just. a tap on your mobile screen or a click on your pc will lead to loss of focus. Our mobiles have the social networking apps running parallel to your online class and a single notification from it might distract you and eat up your time without even making you realize it. Now this is subjective as it will vary from student to student but majority of students accepted this as a disadvantage of online education so we had to mention it.
We have to accept the fact that there are tons of reasons behind why traditional mode is the primary mode of education throughout the globe and we are not in anyway talking about replacing it with the online medium rather if it can be be made availbe to the students parallel to the traditional way which might help to improve the current scenario of literacy in India. To opt it or not is on the student and his/her conditions if a student is okay with the disadvantages of it and still go for it then that might be the best possible way for that student to continue his/her studies and that is what we should aim for.
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