Online Classes: Can You Really Benefit From It?

Marianel Andrea

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
– Albert Einstein

The current Covid-19 pandemic has left the world in a scathing state. Economies have reached critical points, billions of jobless people, rising numbers of deaths, and the loss of that gleam of hope from millions have been observed. But there is one thing everyone in the word has been trying to protect: education.

Earlier this year, many classes were ended earlier than the graduation date due to the outbreak. Right now, many nations are trying their best to ensure the opening of academic year 2020-2021. With safety in mind, their prime option is conducting online classes. It is a very good option for the following reasons:

  1. Flexible
    -You can take online classes anytime and anywhere. You can watch the video of your chosen course hours after it has happened.
  2. Distance is No Problem
    – With online classes, you don’t need to present yourself in a classroom. You can still participate in a class at your own home.
  3. Cheaper
    -Online classes tend to have lesser rates than face-to-face learning. You also graduate faster on online classes.
  4. Safer
    -Safety is ensured when you take online classes because you will have zero physical interaction with your teachers nor your classmates.
  5. New Internet Platforms
    -Taking online classes will introduce you to new apps and services that you might need in the future.

Seems like a breeze, right? But as I delve deeper, I found out that online classes also have negative effects along with it. Here are the folowing:

  1. Accessibility To Gadgets
    – If you want to participate in an online class, you would need a mobile device, a personal computer, or a laptop. Unfortunately, not all students could get one nor have the ability to borrow one. This could severely affect the student’s performance or it could even lead to the possibility of the unenrollment of a student. We all know that there are lots of young people who wish to alleviate their current dispositions by educating themselves, but how can they continue their education when they can’t afford the necessary equipments to be able to join mandatory online classes? One particular student committed suicide when she cannot join online classes. Devika Balakrishnan, the 14-year-old daughter of a daily wage labourer in the southern state of Kerala who was found dead near the family home on Monday, the first day of the new school term.
  2. Unstable Internet
    -This has been a prevalent problem in numerous countries. Poor internet connection could interfere with the learning of a student. It also hinders the ability of one to communicate properly with his/her teachers and classmates. Teachers may need to adjust deadlines for those students who undergo this problem due to the slow uploading process.
  3. Unethical Learning
    -The students’ credibility will be put to question since cheating could be easily done when there is no teacher to monitor you. For those who take college courses involving laboratory testings and those who are supposed to be undergoing internships, this cold pose as a serious problem.
  4. Computer Illiteracy
    -The applications to be used for the incoming online classes are usually unknown by the majority of the teachers and students. Many could fine themselves having a hard time operating the apps or setting it up. In poorer regions, many have never even seen a modern gadget such as a laptop or computer. Some teachers in Africa teach their student by drawing the application on the board due to the lack of gadgets necessary.
  5. Lack of Physical Interaction and Individual Attention
    -As a student myself, I find it hard when certain subjects aren’t taught face-to-face by a teacher. I would usually ask questions with a teacher one-on-one or ask the help of a classmate to demonstrate it for me. I’m sure many students will also encounter this problem since online classes don’t host one-on-one Q&A rooms and there will be no teacher supervising you.

I hope you have learned some facts and knowledge form this article. Please weigh your options carefully and keep safe during these trying times!

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