While eLearning has been around for decades, the COVID-19 global pandemic has highlighted its capabilities in a way that no commercial or marketing campaign ever could. Due to the obvious distancing inherent in eLearning, it is by far the safest and easiest way to adjust to the new normal. From kindergarten to the doctoral level, students all over the world are gearing up to head to a classroom in the cloud, and it is going to have an economic impact that is hard to calculate.

What is eLearning?

eLearning or distance education is a learning method that takes place through technology and media platforms. Typically, it is conducted via the internet, where students can access learning materials anytime, anywhere.

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The Pros and Cons

Distance education has existed since 1892, and online classrooms have been used since 1982, so we’ve had some time to work out the particulars. Although far from perfect, the demand for this learning method has increased steadily over time, especially with the current global conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are the pros and cons of eLearning to better expound its effectiveness and value.

The Pros of eLearning

  • Accessibility: students can easily access materials such as videos, online tests, or resource links with just a click. Furthermore, students can record their online classes and revisit them or share it as needed. All they need is a mobile device and an internet connection.
  • Affordability: the cost of enrolling in an online course is much lower than a traditional setup. eLearning eliminates the necessity of school facilities and equipment, transport expenses, and physical books. Hence, making it a more affordable education option.
  • Flexibility: eLearning enables students to accomplish their goals on their pace and time, making it fit for people who have a busy schedule due to other commitments.

The Cons of eLearning

  • Lack of focus: Lack of face to face interaction and proper supervision may cause students to lose their focus in virtual classes. It is a challenge for online teachers to come up with strategies to avoid this kind of situation.
  • Not suitable for all: Some students are more preferential to visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learning styles. But with eLearning where visual learning is dominant, it may be hard for some students to adapt.
  • Technology issues: teachers should carefully plan and communicate the software they intend to use ahead of time. Not all software or apps are compatible with all devices. Also, they must consider the internet connection and power reliability of their students.
  • Computer proficiency: some learners and even instructors are not comfortable with certain eLearning tools. It may take some training for teachers to be proficient with particular platforms and adapt their teaching skills to be more creative and efficient online. 
  • Mismanaged screen time: teachers and even parents need to supervise their students’ screen time. Overexposure with computers can bring health hazards, especially for younger children.

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