E-Learning: Advantages and Disadvantages
Education is an area well known for its dynamic nature not only in terms of its content but equally in its delivery. To cater to the modernization needs of the industry lecturers and students alike have come to adopt e-learning or digital learning as a new norm of teaching. Today we will be exploring the aspect of E-Learning and its impact on society for better or for worse.
E-Learning sessions are normally conducted via LMS (Learning Management Systems). These platforms are digital platforms, that are used solely for conducting online courses and training. Modernization has paved the way for the generation of today, but in so doing it has also created the need for an expansion of an individual’s skillsets. Employers of today have indeed noticed this transition and this has not only resulted in graduates having to adapt, but employers as well so as to be not left in the dust while running the rat race.
E-Learning is an environmentally friendly alternative as it removes the archaic, need to have physical paperwork and assignments alike. This in turn equally reduces the strain that is placed for matters of storage. Physical documentation can be rather tedious with the introduction of digital storage space like Google Drive and iCloud, we have seen that much more data can be stored and saved in a much more secure fashion.
E-learning has the eased the assessment process for a student’s examinations and activities with software such as Kahoot and Blackboard. Software such as these are effective at keeping students engaged in their sessions and lecturers, will have a wider platform to assess their students on beyond just their academic progress.
Though these may seem advantageous, there is an equally darker side to e-learning. A common worry amongst lecturers and parents alike is how can they guarantee, that their students are actually studying and coping with the curriculum. In recent times Covid -19 has made this question resurface as with a lack of monitoring lecturers cannot fully assess as to whether a candidate is attending classes or understanding the content.
E-learning is equally not fully accessible to everyone at times. This can come about as a result of accessibility or financial constraints. Additionally, students may not all be technologically savvy and would require intensive tutorials to gain insight into using these services.
Whilst it has the capacity to be advantageous and disadvantageous the ultimate decision makers as to, whether E-learning is a blessing, or a curse is left in the hands of you the viewers but in my view I would classify it as a necessity to be a model of efficiency.
Written by Nishant Thomas Philip