Online Education is a method of learning where the electronic means such as mobiles, computers, and laptops along with the most important element – Internet plays the most significant role. Online Education is a mode of learning where teachers reach the students through internet instead of the traditional method in which all the teaching and learning take place in the classroom or we can say not allowing the students to work at their own pace. With the increased availability of the Internet and computer technology, students are able to access information anytime and anyplace that would normally be available only through a traditional classroom.
As we all know how online teaching and learning has grown in the past few months due to COVID-19. It has become such a widely used and a reliable way of educating that now I believe that it can even replace the traditional way of teaching and learning in a classroom. However, I know that this is not going to happen in the near future as online education, just like a two faced coin, has some advantages as well as disadvantages. While on one hand it is the most flexible way of educating someone as they can work at their own pace but on the other it lacks the physical interaction between the teachers and the students. The survey findings reveal that for two thirds of respondents, the closure of schools has led to their first experience with online teaching, which has been both positive and challenging.
It must be agreed that online education has made the availability of the information at the fingertips. It has become quite easy to submit the assignments and keep record of the documents shared but we cannot ignore the large percentage of people who find access to the necessary technology challenging and get the limited technical support. Especially in this COVID crisis, since a lot of people have moved back to their hometown they are facing many issues mainly because of the poor internet connectivity.
On the positive side of online education, students are being able to voice their opinions more effectively. They are actively taking part in debate issues with other students, as well as learn from other students during the group discussions. On the other hand, there are some students who prefer to attend traditional classes with an instructor who teaches and guides them through the course. They believe that the lack of physical interaction is major issue in their education process and thus, distance learning is not something they were ready for.
The online education has not only shown its effects on students but on the teachers also. Many young teachers are facing atleast no problems but in a country like India where senior teachers constitute a much larger percentage, they are not well equipped with the necessary technological knowledge and thus they always end up having some issues whether it is related to taking online classes or assigning the homework. This could also be the reason why some students don’t feel that connection while taking the classes online and prefer the other way of teaching.
Just like the traditional way of education, students enrolled in an online course are tested throughout their studying period via individual assessment, discussion activities, journals, and exams but it should not be forgotten that all these assessments take place online.
According to me, Online Education is something which has boosted in the recent times but the way it has been introduced to the Indian population has some merits and demerits too. It