Education is an important factor in a human’s life and also the basic right. But due to the circumstances faced around the globe because of Covid-19, the take on how education is provided has changed. Even though online education has been around for quite a long time, many people preferred to take physical classes instead of studying online. But at this stage around the world, the whole structure of education has changed from physical to online. But how does it affect the students? Does it make much of a difference? If it does, is it negative or positive?
Many people around the globe cannot afford to attend a full-on campus graduate program and juggle between education and their jobs to support themselves. Online learning provides them with an opportunity to work and study. Online courses are less expensive than traditional ones. It allows you more control over your learning process from the comfort of your own house.
It increases the flexibility; the amount of work you have to do is just as same or sometimes more as the on-campus format but being online and attending your classes when you’re at work gives you flexibility. As long as you meet the deadline and requirements, you don’t have to worry about how and when you do it. You can learn at your own pace and not worry about asking the same question again and again. You can set your schedule and manage your time accordingly. Of course, work and school at the same time can be a hassle, but online helps you control your schedule. It can be a very great opportunity to prove yourself by self-motivation and prove that you can multi-task, and also, you don’t need a certain factor to be motivated.
One of the most obvious downfalls of online education is a lack of communication and little to no interaction with your peers and your instructor. Learning in practical life is also about your ability to communicate. Online education can hinder you from putting more effort into building a rewarding relationship with your peer and instructor.
You might have to work more than your traditional classes because you are just learning online, so to grasp the concept effectively, teachers usually give out more work and assignments to build your understandings. It will require a lot of self-direction and self-discipline. In online studies, you have to make a schedule for yourself, and once in a while, a person can get lazy. In online education, there is no one to make you attend the classes and work hard. It is all on you so to gain positive results; you will have to make yourself disciplined and driven to learn more.
Also, while trying to get better grades, people can resort to easier shortcuts known as cheating. If you cheat to pass the assignment or the test, it will be harder to self-assess. And it makes the whole studying experience for you fruitless.