The global COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to new ways of conducting the teaching-learning process online. For some this has been a small move but for others, this is a completely new way of education. Most country have already launched e-learning in their schools. Many schools in India have also adapted to the new set of e-learning with different degrees of success. A recent survey showed that more than 92% of students and parents were happy with the online delivery of lessons.
With the arrival of Covid19, e-learning seems to be one of the safest and easiest ways to transmit education for acquiring new skills, explore new career options. E-learning is now usable not only to learn academics but also to conduct extra-curricular activities for students, informative online sessions, online conferences, and webinars. The demand for e-learning has risen significantly and will continue doing so as society starts adapting to ‘social distancing’ post this pandemic.
As with most teaching methods, e-learning also has its positives and negatives.
Motive of E-learning:
- Due to COVID-19 pandemic, students are not able to attend their schools and colleges. Even in this situation, they didn’t stop study learning. This was possible due to the e-learning benefit.
- A differently-abled children are not attending schools/colleges due to lack of facilities there. E-learning is a advantages for them.
- E-learning gives flexibility. Even if we miss any class, we can listen to it later.
- Students can repeat the lesson many times if they didn’t understand the topic or concepts.
- Through e-learning, teachers can explain the concepts using animations or other technologies, so that students can understand the concepts much clearly.
Challenges of E-learning:
- In the classroom, students will not only learn the subject but also interacts with other students and make friends. With e-learning, students will be deprived of this opportunity.
- As students have to look at screens continuously, it can stress their eyes.
- With e-learning, teachers may not be able to focus on all the students. Teachers may not understand whether students could grasp the concept or not.
- The classroom environment is lively in nature, whereas sitting in front of a computer or smartphone to listen to the classes will be boring.
- E-learning may not generateas much seriousness as classroom learning. So, students may not be motivated enough to listen to the class.
- Not all parents are technologically educated to help their children in case of any issues.
- If the device has other apps such as youtube, students may become distracted. Several students are already suffering from smartphone addiction. So, parents may not feel safe to leave the children unsupervised.
E-learning is super beneficial for students as well as teachers, especially in this COVID-19 widespread situation. But it cannot be a long-termalternative to classroom learning. It can only be used as a supplement. Moreover, internet access should be available to all, so that every student can utilize this opportunity.