Technology has become a vital part of classroom learning. Projectors, smart education tools, even small changes like students bringing in their laptops to school instead of workbooks in some parts of the world is completely normal. The online learning industry is growing fast. In the U.S alone, at least 75% of schools offer online programmes. So as schools have gone online during the pandemic, what does this mean for the future of online learning?
Educators have a mixed view on the matter, so here’s a list of the positives and the negatives.
Online education is associated with comfort. Many believe that a traditional classroom is a more successful model. But studies have repeatedly shown that different students have different styles of learning. Online learning provides students with the flexibility of choosing their schedule, programme and in some cases, their teachers.
One of the biggest problems with online learning, especially when it comes to STEM subjects is that the educator has a hard time writing equations on the white board. It’s either too far or too close, and students are not able to read or understand. While Youpal Group’s solution Youschool has a solution for this in form of a plug-in camera which allows the students and teachers to see each other’s notes in real time, other companies need to catch up in terms of technology.
Save on time
Students don’t have to worry about jumping up from bed and rushing to class. Their class is in their chosen space. For those who get bored easily, they can study from a new space everyday. Switching rooms from home, to the public library, or a quiet café and even the park. The possibilities are endless.
Internet connectivity is becoming a part of our daily lives and is considered intrinsic for modern living. However, currently 4.5 billion people use the internet, which is only 60% of the world’s population. This is a huge gap and needs to be filled for online education to be a successful model. While internet technology continues to grow tremendously in most parts of the world, this gap could lead to lack of information, education and opportunity for those offline.
Online education during Covid-19 vs post pandemic
Online studying during the pandemic has been received with mixed reviews. One of the biggest factors for students has been the isolation. In normal cases, online education will not lead to isolation, since the student has freedom to move around and can study together with their friends at a place of their choosing. But with lockdows affecting almost every country in the world, a year since the outbreak, the current feeling of isolation is now more endemic than a result of the education system.