Christine A Howard

Online Learning: The Pros and Cons

Since the COVID-19 pandemic and many schools having to close or children having to stay home and isolate, more and more parents are considering the benefits of not just home-schooling but online learning. Thanks to technology, home-schooling doesn’t have to be down to the parents to manage because, with online charter schools, online courses, and plenty of learning resources online, children can get just as good an education at home as they can in a school environment, but what are the pros and cons of online learning?

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Pros of Online Learning

Increased Flexibility

One of the great things about virtual learning is the flexibility. You can do it when you want to and where you want to. Of course, the workload is still the same but the structure is less rigid. For example, if the weather is beautiful outside, then you can move a lesson outside, spend the morning learning about nature or if you work better at 6.00 am then you can study then instead of being stuck to certain lesson times. 

Ease of Access

All you need to study online is a computer with internet access. Everything else will be sent to you and then all the lessons and one to ones with teachers will be over video-call.

Efficiency of Online Learning

Online learning is efficient. It allows access to more tools such as videos, PDFs, and podcasts which can all be used in lessons. It’s far more efficient than just using traditional textbooks and encourages different ways of learning. 

Suits A Variety Of Learning Styles 

All students are different and have different learning styles. Some people are visual learners, while some others prefer to learn through audio. Some get distracted easily, others are better at learning alone. Online learning can be adaptable to suit all kinds of learners and to get the best out of each student. 

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Cons of Online Learning

Reputation

Many people still don’t think that online learning is as effective as face-to-face in the classroom and they may look down upon this. 

Lack of Social Interaction

One of the biggest disadvantages of virtual learning is the lack of social interaction in the classroom. However, as a parent, you can make sure that your child gets this elsewhere and join a network of other parents whose children are learning online too.

Inability To Focus On Screens

One of the biggest challenges of online learning is that you have to focus on a screen for a long period of time. There are also more opportunities for distractions from other online things such as social media and websites. For this reason, online lessons have to be much more engaging to help students focus on their learning. 

Technology Issues 

Another negative about virtual learning is that you have to rely on technology for it and while it can be brilliant, at other times if the internet connection goes or the laptop breaks then the access to everything is gone. It’s important to have a good and consistent connection to the internet and make sure you have a good speed. 

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