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Pros and cons of online education


We all are aware of coronavirus, which started in late 2019. Later it spread expeditiously around the globe. Therefore, a majority in the world was either under a lockdown or a curfew. Accordingly, education institutions were mandatorily shut down. Education has always been a major component of one’s life. As a result of shutting down of the education institutions, online education started, which could perhaps help individuals to continue their education. Hence, it comes with its pros and cons.
Online Education in Pakistan, started in mid-2020. It was the “new normal” and the only way to study during the pandemic. Students slowly adopted to it and made it a part of their routine, although some took it seriously and others did not.
Let us look at the advantages of online learning. Consequently, one can easily attend their classes with comfort at home. One won’t have to take a car or public transport to school and it won’t cost fuel. You would not have to wake up early or get ready for school. Through online education one also manages to self-learn. Likewise, teachers can fluently teach their students by using different apps. Individuals can clear their concept by watching videos or considering websites.
Online education also permits students to attend their lectures from any place. It also improves on-screen communication between individuals. For future learning, one can also record or save their lecture. Some people also seem to manage their time more efficiently. Therefore, online education is full of conveniences for people.
However, it comes with its negatives. Sometimes Individuals get distracted by social media or other apps while attending their lectures. Internet connectivity issues can also make the students miss their chance of attending their lecture. Henceforth, without a strong internet, it is difficult for the teachers to teach their students and for students to concentrate on their lectures. Compared to in-person classes, preventing cheating during online sessions is very hard. It does develop one’s virtual communications skills, moreover, it lacks an individual face-to-face conversation.
Online education also requires self-motivation and strong development and management skills. One’s e-learning depends on their self-motivation skills. Student’s response during online sessions is limited, which from time to time causes a lack of interest. Although online education is easily accessible for the majority of people, however, online education would be considered harder for individuals who don’t own a device.
Accordingly, some education institutions in Pakistan face difficulty trying to provide online education to each and every one. E-learning also lacks conversation between the student and the teacher. Without a way of making students physically and mentally present, e-learning has been treated as a joke.
To sum up, what has been stated so far, in my opinion, e-learning is very convenient, however physical education is comparatively better than online education.