LET’S FIT IN THE ONLINE WORLD OF TEACHING!
The Global pandemic has sought of digitalised the whole world. Work from Home, Online classes have become the new normal. Who thought we will be investing in buying fashionable masks. The economic situation worldwide is at stake, the graph of coronavirus cases is increasing everyday. India is in lockdown for more than 2 months now. Markets are empty, schools and colleges are shut. Let’s just say 2020 is the toughest exam and the worst chapter in our Textbooks of lives. Keeping ourselves productive is very important to prevent stress, anxiety, and depression. Companies are offering Work from home and schools and colleges have adapted to online classes. Our world is digital these days and that is the need of the hour. But when pros arise, we have some drawbacks also sliding our way.
SOME PROS AND CORNS OF ONLINE TEACHING
Both online and face to face teaching have their plus points and drawbacks. It completely depends on the student, which mode of teaching is preferred by them. A student can answer this question based on factors like flexibility, social interaction, convenience, and affordability. Here are some pros in support of online teaching and some corns against the concept of online teaching.
1. FLEXIBLE TIME SCHEDULE
- One of the biggest plus points of online classes is their flexible schedule.
- We can attend the classes from any corner of the world and anytime when we wish to attend the class.
- The course length and the amount of work remain the same, but there are relaxations in the time criteria.
- This promotes voluntary studying, which means a student will study when they feel they are in the right condition and mood to study and hence will improve seriousness and concentration.
- Online classes are the best options for students who are studying as well as working.
- It allows them to manage their work as well as continue with their education.
2. SAVING TRANSPORTATION COST
- The second most important factor is Online classes enable us to sit at home and attend our classes which in turn saves the huge transportation cost required to reach our academic institutions.
- It thus keeps in mind the economic factor and the convenience factor too.
- This also saves our time and energy, which earlier was exhausted in traveling for long hours in metro, buses or cars.
- Hence online classes are the best example of Smart work.
- By this, we are pretty clear that the main advantages of online classes are:-
- Saving time and energy
CORNS OF ONLINE CLASSES
- This list has more points as compared to the list of corns. For a small period of time, online classes can make justice to the situation but in the longer run, only offline classes can survive. Students may crib every day going to school but this pandemic surely taught them the importance of face to face classes.
1. ABSENCE OF SOCIAL INTERACTION
- When we are taking our classes through online mode, the sense of personal interaction is missing; we cannot have face to face interaction.
- In an offline class, we used to ask questions, interact with our friends, and perform activities that boost our confidence and self-esteem.
- Online classes decrease our confidence as we just have to attend the classes and ask questions virtually.
- Interaction, competitions, group activities opened the doors of our creativity and helped us groom in our own ways.
- They also help us notice our strengths and drawbacks which is not possible by attending classes through virtual sites.
- It also helps us make friends, interact with our peers and all these are an integral part of growing up.
- Most of our habits are formed while interacting with our peers and teachers. The school does influence your behavior.
2. POOR INTERNET CONNECTION
- Not everybody is privileged enough to afford a proper internet connection required for online classes.
- There are many areas where still the internet connection facility is not well developed.
- Some people do not even have access to Mobile phones or laptops which is necessary for attending the classes.
- Keeping in mind all these factors while adapting to the online mode of education is very important.
3. EYESIGHT PROBLEM
- Many people do not find this reason genuine but online classes can be a trouble maker for people suffering from eyesight issues.
- Sitting in front of your laptop or computer for long hours can lead to
- Children wearing spectacles and having eyesight issues suffer most as they complain about headaches and irritation after sitting for hours.
- This decreases the level of concentration and curbs them from focusing on the work.
- Classes should be for a limited period so that students with eyesight issues can relax their eyes.
4. ABSENCE OF STRUCTURE
- Self-disciplined students can benefit from the flexibility and convenience of online classes, but the lack of formal structure can be a pitfall for undisciplined or unmotivated students.
- You don’t have a standard meeting time and you don’t have regular, direct interaction with teachers and peers who can remind you of assignments and push you to work harder.
- Online students who lack self-discipline can fall behind on assignments, fail to study adequately by test deadlines, and ultimately suffer because of a lack of initiative in engaging instructors via e-mail or phone.
This pandemic has forced students to stick to the online mode of classes. Not just they are missing their classrooms and friends but also how these classroom and school activities used to give them a boost in life and an opportunity to pat on the back. One can never disagree that school time is the best phase of a person’s life. Every kind of interaction, making friends, participating in various activities help us grooms ourselves and get a clear notion of self-identity. Online classes can be suitable for mature students but taking the cases of school students there is nothing better than offline classes.
- This pandemic has evolved our lives, where digital is the need of the hour
- Online classes have become the new normal in this pandemic.
- Both online and offline classes have their pros and cons.
PROS OF ONLINE CLASSES
- Saving time and energy
CONS OF ONLINE CLASSES
- ABSENCE OF SOCIAL INTERACTION
- POOR INTERNET CONNECTIONS
- ABSENCE OF STRUCTURE
- EYESIGHT PROBLEM
- Offline classes boost confidence, social interaction, and self-esteem in children.
- School influences the behavior of children and thus helps them build their self-identity.
- Online classes can be suitable for mature students but taking the cases of school students there is nothing better than offline classes.