The Online Education sector is facing a boom in its economic/business cycle in the year 2020-2021. It is becoming more and more popular among students across the globe. Although many people are concerned and regard online education to be a lesser form of education, according to studies undertaken by STI International it concludes that on average students have preferred online learning conditions compared to face-to-face physical classes.
Let’s have a look at pros and cons of online education:
Pros – Flexiblity
You can study whenever you want, wherever you want, and how you want. This is the biggest advantage of online education. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend less time and effort but it merely means that you can complete the classes and work whenever you want.
Pros – Easy Access
All you need to study online is a computer/ smartphone along with computer access. All the study materials, lectures, assignments, and test question papers are sent to you via email or through a common google drive link.
Pros – Cost Saving
Studying online saves a lot of money. All you need is a smartphone with some internet access. Not only it saves money but also it saves time. Transportation costs may cost up to thousands per month, the prices at the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch, the textbook and notebook costs can set you another thousand rupees per semester. A student studying online has to pay only the tuition fee.
Cons – Fewer opportunities for learning
The internet is in its emerging stages and it is no surprise that not all courses are available online. Courses that require physical coaching attention such as chemistry and sports can’t be made available online.
Cons – Reputation
Many institutes are very quick to dismiss online education from their business plans. They dismiss it on the terms that online education is actually not much preferred in society. For example, if there are 2 students in which one has studied from face to face and another from online education, and both of them are appearing in a job interview, the student who has graduated from face to face will be preferred first.
Cons- Lack of Social Interaction
One of the biggest disadvantages of online education is the lack of interaction with social life. University life is an important part of one’s career. It’s a stage where scholars make friends, make memories for a lifetime but most importantly they will learn skills that will guide them into a better version of themselves.
- – Vaibhav Patil ( Corporate Trainer, Author )