Downsides of Online Classes

In this era of digitisation, education is certainly one domain which has been hugely benefitted by its pros. The rise of online education has definitely witnessed some of the most remarkable advancements over the last decade. You don’t need to wait for an entire day for the school to reopen so that you can resolve your academic queries in class. Instead, it will only take a few clicks and you are introduced to a plethora of academic database, blogs and other research materials online.

Traditional classrooms work in a different manner. There are specified working hours, and no student is entitled to buzz their class teachers 9:00 pm in the night to seek answers to a set of tricky homework questions. Online education makes it easier and more efficient when it comes to seeking instant assistance on the go.

Talking of online classes, well, the concept comes with some of the most critical downsides that may bring an impact on the education system in the long run. Eager to explore the facts and be aware of the loopholes you might have overlooked so far?

Here you go.

Improper, often disrupted face to face communication

No online class can ever replace the effectiveness of face to face interaction observed in traditional classrooms. Even though there are video calling facilities where the students and their teachers get to interact via face to face communication, there are limitations attached to it.

Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Disrupted internet connection might keep you away from attending communicatively seamless live classes.
  • If you are attending online classes with other fellow attendees, then approaching the digital tutor with individual queries might be a challenge.
  • It is a common saying that online education creates a monologue and not a dialogue. This indicates the fact that online classes are mostly based on the fundamentals of one-way communication.
  • Unless a thorough end-to-end communication is established between the student and teacher, academic concepts and other key lessons on important chapters will remain unclear.

Education is one domain where communication plays the most important role. If it is disrupted by any means, then the purpose of “educating” someone in its truest sense won’t be served.

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Self-discipline often goes for a toss

Conventional classrooms and educators can manage an entire class by interacting with the students personally and on a real-time basis. This is the primary reason why students in traditional classrooms are often more disciplined and sincere that their online counterparts.

Online teaching comes with these drawbacks on disciplinary grounds.

  • Mischievous students might mute the online conversation or pull off pranks on their teachers online.
  • Psychology says that the physical presence of teachers in front of their students plays a crucial role here.
  • Children (aged 15 -19 years) often find it more relaxing if they can avoid eye-to-eye or any form of physical contacts with their teachers. This takes away the fear out of their mind.
  • As a result, they might just end up misinterpreting the gravity of the situation in case of online classes.
  • Many times, students lean towards procrastination while attending online classes. This is again one major loophole on the grounds of discipline.
  • All, these, as a result, call for intense disciplinary measures to be taken by the digital academic program coordinator, which is often not possible due to factors like time and distance.

Unless the aspect of self-discipline during online classes is not prioritised and regulated in a way it is supposed to be, there will always be stringencies, challenges and limitations in this sector.

Self-motivation, being on the right track becomes challenging

Denzel Bowie, ex-associate of the academic platform MyAssignmenthelp and academic counsellor says, “In traditional schools and colleges, students get to receive well-formatted syllabus, well-planned courses, to-do lists, exam preparatory materials and the likes. Such is not the case with online classes.”

If you enrol for a particular course, you don’t really get academic advisors by your side to guide you through the entire process. There are chatbots prompting you the next move, there are academic blogs filled with pre-written academic manuals.

And of course, there are URLs that would redirect you to the course module and a couple of research materials. Where exactly is the significance of a “teacher” who is there to guide and prepare you for the examination? Added to it, there are a few more challenges associated with it.

Take a look here:

  • Students pursuing online degrees are not only required to be proactive in accumulating information. They also need to be sure that they are taking the right classes for the coveted degree program.
  • In case, the student is misguided then that would again lead to other major challenges.
  • For example, someone who’s looking for online courses in Humanities for the code V901 and end up signing for the code V911, then you can only imagine the consequences.

One needs to be prepared, strategise their course planning all by themselves and gather and gather in-depth knowledge on the nitty-gritty of the online class contents before signing up. This could, at times, prove to be a tad tedious and time-consuming for students.

Parting Thoughts

It is still good to see that the world, despite a few loopholes found in online classes, has embraced this phenomenon in an endeavour to go ahead with flow. Technology is can both be a great friend and a terrible enemy. We need to utilise its potential to the fullest, and of course, in a righteous way. If you are planning to go online instead of clinging to the traditional classes, then make sure you have a concrete solution to the problems discussed above.