Disadvantages of Online/Distance Learning
Did you realized that the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered new ways in our life style; our daily schedule, our food habit, our social relations, our health, and many more things affected. It triggered new way of learning and study also. Now every student is looking towards online learning platforms to continue and I think this system will now continue in future also. Our education system is changing slowly and students are adopting this system and I think they are pretty comfortable in this system and want to continue in this pattern. Although digital learning has emerged as a necessary resource for students and schools all over the world but there is nothing in this world that do not have pros and cons.
Here are some disadvantages of online/distance learning:
Inability to Focus on Screens: - It is not a small disadvantage; it’s a biggest challenge as most of the students are struggling to focus on the screen for long period of time. And if you are not able to focus on screen, you can lose your concentration. In traditional classes, teachers are there and they know how to keep you engage in class so that each and every student can learn with concentration. Face-to-face interactions are very important in our life as it build your confidence and boost your energy.
Requires Self-Discipline and Time Management Skills: - Online/distance learning requires the self-discipline and time management skills to complete your studies otherwise no one can complete their study. You have to give priority to your online learning. Online learning involves less guidance from an instructor than traditional learning so you need to be self discipline in your study and need to keep aside other activity.
Online Learning May Create a Sense of Isolation: - In an online classes, there are minimal physical interactions and communication between students and teachers. Studying alone with only the computer can be terrifying. This often results in a sense of isolation for the students and isolation comes with depression and anxiety. Social interaction is very important for human being that can help you feel better connected if the sense of community you seek is missing.
Focus on Theory Rather Than Practice: - An online/distance learning is more focus on theory rather than practical. An online learning cannot replace the knowledge that comes through hands-on experience. Theoretical knowledge refers to facts, theories, and reasoning whereas practical knowledge is based on hands-on endeavours and tasks. After doing practical by his hands, student feels confident because we always remember practical’s as compare to theory.
No Face to Face Communication: - Personally, I am missing traditional classroom; chatting with friends, raising hands, group discussions, lunch boxes, sports, assembly, punishments, friends, etc. An online/distance learning diminished social interaction which affect our mindset. Nowadays, no company wants to hire an employee who is only bookworm. They want a perfect candidate who is good in all.
Technology Based Leaning: - An online learning is based on technology; computer, mobile, and internet. In online learning you need internet without interruption but it is a big challenge specially in developing countries. Without a consistent internet connection for students or teachers, there can be a lack of continuity in learning for the child. This is detrimental to the education process.