During the past ten years, remote learning has become more approachable for students. Despite the daily responsibilities of students, they still manage to gain their degrees at their convenience, sticking to their life and work schedules. Nowadays, many universities around the world are providing online learning to students. Data about the online enrollments and academic performance are made available for researchers. Online learning has become more popular among the students who might not attend traditional on-campus classes due to their socio-economic status and life situations.
Internet technology contributes a lot to online education or online learning as it is now accessible to people worldwide. About ten years ago, not all students and even families had any internet facilities and services required for online learning and to obtain the degree online, or the colleges and universities could not think out of methods to change into online systems. Despite the many advantages that online learning can provide, there also are some disadvantages of this learning system, which may affect the studies of students, and some of them are given below.
Staying Focus on one Degree:
One of the main disadvantages of online learning is that if a student is not motivated and dedicated to obtaining a certain degree, he will take years to complete that degree. As online learning relies completely on a student's convenience, it is completely up to him when he is willing to complete his assignment, reading and other materials required, whether he wants to interact with his professors and peers and when he wants to take the exam.
In contrast to regular on-campus classes, where students are obligated to fulfill their commitments due to the pressure exerted by the mere presence of the teachers and classmates, remote learning can tempt them into ignoring all these obligations and can complete them at their convenience and ease. The type of students who can be distracted easily may procrastinate. And it can be even worse if the student lacks the inspiration of getting the degree.
Time Management Skills:
Time management is one of the most crucial skills that a student must have while taking online classes. Besides, if a student thinks that any course that might not be important for the knowledge in the given field of study, he can lose motivation and lack interest can cause him to drop out. Completion of assignments, projects, and presentations requires a lot of time. In online learning, students may procrastinate and can complete them whenever they find it suitable and usually end up rushing to complete them.
Socializing with peers can either be a plus point or minus and depends entirely on the students' personality whether they want to interact with the peers. Interactions of students with each other on the campus can be stimulating, and at the same time, it can also be a distraction for a few of them. Then again, interactions in online learning can be as much stimulating.
Still, it can give students a feeling that they are alone in their dissertation because of the lack of physical presence. Social interactions become very limited during online learning. Face-to-face conversations with professors are not always possible in online learning, and that's why a certain degree of nonverbal communication could be lost. For this purpose, the student must make appointments with his teacher to give the right kind of feedback on his work, and it should assure the teacher that he is not any other anonymous student.
But these appointments might not be possible if the services required for them are not enough. Also, there might be a clash in both student and teacher schedules, which can further delay such appointments due to which the purpose of these appointments cannot be conveyed, which may be a cause of frustration for some of the students.
Not Enough Personal Space for Concentrating:
For conducting studies sessions for oneself, it is important to have enough personal space and quiet time to help them concentrate on their studies properly and efficiently absorb information. But in the case of online learning, it may not be possible. Unlike in traditional on-campus learning, where colleges and universities provide libraries, study halls, and learning labs to help the students concentrate and focus on their studies, online learners cannot enjoy the perks of such personal spaces as they are not readily available when they are studying in homes and students have to take the burden of creating such spaces by themselves.
It can be quite a disadvantage of online learning for those students whose picking power is low and cannot focus easily or are easily distracted. If they are not provided with quiet time and personal space, the situation can worsen.
Importance of Accreditation:
One of the most sensitive areas is accreditation when it comes to the pros and cons of taking online classes. Accreditation is very important as it helps in the recognition of your degree or qualification by potential employers. In the case of online learning, many online education facilities are not accredited. If a student wishes to migrate or pursue his education at another college, his credits might not be transferred to that college, which can create a problem, and the student may not be accepted for admission.
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