Can distance education replace school?
All schools are closed, and all classroom classes have been moved online as part of measures to contain any danger of spreading VIDOC-19. Therefore, online education is an important precaution to ensure that the potential for transmission of the virus is limited. This is the time of year when many children are home schooled. That is, every family has access to online resources: exercises and even “virtual classes” via videoconferencing.
In this article we will present the advantages and disadvantages of distance and traditional education:
The benefits of e-learning
The online courses allow you to place them wherever you want in your schedule. Normally, those who work and want to take courses in addition to their work have difficulty managing their time. Online courses allow them to decide when to study. They can take their courses by travelling by bus, car, train or plane. This is not possible in face-to-face teaching, which requires a predefined schedule and a fixed location. But online courses give you the time to manage yourself to learn.
Adapted to all rhythms
Each learner works at his or her own pace. In case you are faster than the others, there is no need to wait for them. The opposite is also true: if you are slower, you can take your time without hindering anyone. Training courses can also be tailored to your level of learning.
Distance learning, unlike face-to-face teaching, allows for asynchronous delivery of training in time and place.
Learners no longer need to travel and adhere to schedules. We train where we want, when we want. All you need is a WI-FI connection and a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
E-learning allows learners who want to stay at home, for example for family reasons, to use their free time to continue learning and develop professionally. With distance learning, there is no need to travel or ask a teacher to come to your home, as the courses will be conducted online. One can work in a familiar environment that makes it easy to work. In addition, a considerable time saving is to be expected.
E-learning, when it is well designed, is now based on playful and varied supports: videos, interactive formats, podcasts, forums, questionnaires, slide shows…
Choosing the training of your dreams
Following a training of one’s dreams often requires travelling to another city or country. Online training makes this task easier for many students.
Disadvantages of e-learning
E-learning facilitates remote access to a classroom at a time that suits the learner. Learners may feel isolated. This is because this type of learning is an individual act, which can make the learner feel lonely. Now, technology is advancing and learners can engage more actively with teachers or other students using tools such as video conferencing, social media and discussion forums.
Learners who take online training spend too much time on computers and other such devices; this means that visual fatigue, poor posture and other physical problems can affect the learner.
Younger learners often have problems with self-discipline. Therefore, they will be less motivated to complete their training online, because there is no teacher physically present to motivate them to study.
The emergence of e-learning
To mimic the social aspects of a traditional classroom, it is best to use tools such as message boards and Facebook groups. They give students the impression that they are not just looking at an empty bulletin board, but that they are talking to real people. Of course, this does not replace class peers.
Students naturally learn from each other while solving problems and working collaboratively in a traditional classroom. They are encouraged by a teacher who is not from a recorded video. E-learning has not yet found ways to imitate life in a real classroom.
E-learning provides teachers with accurate and clear feedback on how a student interacts with the material. They can see where students find difficulties and assignments at the click of a button.
A reduced workload allows teachers to adapt their skills in other, more beneficial ways for students and the class. Fewer hours spent on filing means more time spent engaging each student at an individual level. It is this combination of personalized content and resource management that will enable teachers to lead our classrooms into the future.