Online education has become a popular channel for many students to pursue their degree. The fact shows that most online students are successfully complete their degree program but 40% of them failed. Most of online students are pursuing their degree online because they are seeing many advantages of online education that can benefits them but the 40% that failed do not aware of the disadvantages of online education that cause their failure. In order to avoid you to become of one the statistic of failure in online education, you must first understand the pro and con of taking your degree online before you make up your decision to earn your degree through this online channel. Here are the major advantages and disadvantages of online education that you must know:
The Advantages of Online Education
In today's busy lifestyle, most people have no time to go back to school even they have intention to get more degrees for career advancement, job promotion or simply to learning something new. This is where one of the advantages of online education will benefit these people. Online education is able to provide you with a flexible learning environment from any location as long as you are offered with internet connection.
With a proper time management, you can easily plan your online learning sessions to fit into your busy schedule and follow your own pace of study to complete your degree program. Another key advantage of online education is you can attend the online classes from your comfort home or any location that you find convenient to you. This also means that you can enroll into any online degree program offered by any universities around the world as long as they make their degree program online. With that in mind, you do not need to worry about unable to find a degree that can't meet your career or lifestyle requirement.
In general, you can complete a degree online in shorter period of time if compare to the same courses offer in campus-based programs. Unless you purposely delay your courses due to fail to proper manage your time. In term of tuition fee, although it's not always true, but in general, online degree programs cost less then campus-based degree programs as most of learning materials are in downloadable format and the credit hours required to complete an online degree program is comparatively less. Hence, you could save some money by taking your degree online.
The Disadvantages of Online Education
The advantages of online education can become the disadvantages if you are not the right candidate for online education. The flexibility of planning your own schedule in online education could be the disadvantages for you if you are a type of person that can't manage your time probably between your work, family and study. If you are this kind of person, a pre-plan schedule may fit you well, letting yourself to study at your own pace with your own schedule may causes you fail to complete your degree program.
As most of online learning materials are in text format, if you are not comfortable with this format and prefer to listen to the lecture instead of reading it. Then, it will become the disadvantage for you and you need to reconsider your decision before you choose online education to be your degree pursuing channel.
Are you able to communicate well through chats and discussion forum? You must understand that these media are the key communication channels in online learning environment and you must be able to adapt to it else it will become a disadvantage for you.
By understanding the advantages and the disadvantages of online education, you will have a better understanding on how these factors will affect you if you choose to pursue your degree online.
Taking online classes is different experience than learning from teacher’s offline. That’s why the advantages of offline classes are the disadvantages of online classes. Online learning methods are less costly, easily accessible, various courses and freedom for everyone as I shared in last blog post about the advantages of online classes.
Today it’s about disadvantages of taking online classes. There are advantages and disadvantages of everything that is used by human.
For example: Mobile is essential part of our life now, because there are various advantages of mobile devices for people such as quick communication, information on click etc. But too much use of mobile and too much information coming in the form of notifications can be disadvantages too.
Another example: Industrialisation is good only for economic development but this one of this is not good for environment. Etc.
So, in conclusion we need to learn about the disadvantages of everything or technologies that we are using in our daily life. That’s why education is important in our life. If we are educated enough and aware about the disadvantages then technological changes and online classes or learning will be very beneficial.
In this article I am writing about the disadvantages of online classes then I hope it will be easy for students to take decision. Before taking online classes or enrolment in online degree programs students should identify the obstacles that can be possible in online study. There are more advantages of online classes than disadvantages. But here are a few concerns that I want to share with you.
Disadvantages of online classes and degree programs
Lack of Discipline
Behind every successful achievement so far, discipline plays a biggest role in behind. We learned with discipline in schools. Rule and regulations are predefined by school and teachers for students. And students are committed to do their best whatever teachers ordered them to do. Discipline becomes their habit and because of this they become high quality government employees and successful business men’s etc.
For example: Daily classes, homework, Q&A, subject tests etc. are part of student’s life. If they ignore the orders of teachers intentionally they know they will be punished. But in higher education or online classes there is no fear of failure or teachers. Students are free. Freedom is good but too much freedom especially for students without the guidelines is not good for society and also for them.
Continuous learning and taking classes regularly is very important to become knowledgeable and master in the subject. To acquire knowledge in any subject students have to do various tasks such as assignments, notes writing, research, group discussion and practical implementation etc. are really important. It can be ignored by students easily if they are taking online classes at home.
Some websites and universities providing everything that is important for learning but then it’s again depend on the students to follow. Nothing can force people to become disciplined and funny thing is robots will never. Only fear of failure and punishment can align people to be disciplined.
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Ready made Answers
When you ask question in offline class then teachers have to respond quickly based on the knowledge and creativity. But when asked on online teachers, they have time to research the question on Google then give the answers. And also the top 10 questions and answer are pre written because they know what students can ask. And some online teachers just send the answers copy of those questions to all. I don’t think this good.
Students have only one chance while they ask question to learn and understand the core part of the topic. Students need real time answer filled with creativity and knowledge. If teachers producing ready made answer without knowing and analysing the curiosity of learners then you can predict the future of students and their understanding about the subject easily.
Less creativity & more instruction
The emanation of creativity in student’s mind comes during the class. In offline classes teachers do the analysis of the mind and behavioural activities of students before teaching about the subject. Then they teach students based on student’s absorption power or learning capacity. This is not possible for teachers in front of camera. Yes, teachers can give instructions but they are unable to emanation the creativity in students mind by using camera. And if students are unable to feel presence and thoughts of teacher in the classroom and in the brain then I don’t think students learned the lesson. They can pass the exam but I will guarantee they can’t explain same topic in more than 5 different ways immediately after the class. Teaching instruction is not teaching. And instruction in the mind of students is not knowledge. This what I called copy & Paste.
Exception is: some teachers and students are genius.
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Tough to find environment for study
In school’s & collages students have proper environment for study. They are committed to learn with discipline and ready to explore creativity. To explore creativity and discipline we need to provide environment for students to learn. When taking online classes at home there is less chances to create environment for study. It required support from other family members. That’s not possible in joint families. This is big disadvantage to study at home. Even getting notification and mobile calls are also disturbed students to focus on study. Offline class in front of teacher is highly focused to the topic and no one can disturb in the class room.
Difficult to select best course & classes
Online learning is in trends and it will be increasing as people getting more knowledge about online study programs. People from developing countries also start taking the advantages of online classes. But that’s why organization, companies, individual participating in the online education programs and funding startup educators. There are various courses and online degree programs available almost for everything. From academic to technical and technical to interest based (music, cooking etc.) But in the perspective students point of view “How to select the best course in between (average) 20-30 courses for one subject. And which website is best and providing all the resources required for learning on the internet.
In business point of view only big companies investing will lead the online education market. Online paid education provider or almost all big or small companies are using emotional marketing methods. People engaged more towards emotional materials. Spending the money online is 70% based on emotional decisions. Emotional intelligence is another big thing that people start analyzing or start learning about it 3-4 years later from today’s point. In between of emotional marketing its’ really tough for students to select the best course and enroll in with reputed, qualified sites.
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In old times offline teachers are dynamic and change the attention of students from one point to second point. I mean creativity is explored in way that students understand and relate the lecture with real time crises. Sorry, because I am not professor but here is example on my concern: If teacher is giving lecture on economic crises in online class and examples are not related about the economics of the country in which student is living, how I can help my country or myself when I got personal economic crises. My mean is that if example in the lecture by teachers is not connected with current affairs or what happened yesterday on the economic sides. I don’t think it’s ok to learn about the crises that happened before my birth. Might be you can disagree with my point. But it’s true that offline teachers can give example of today’s economic changes in even same day in the class. There is a chance that teachers create script for the class or anyone teaching online has script to read who have good expression skills. And also the class video can be edited materials and we can miss emotional attachment to subject from teachers. Because they are teaching in very humble and all words are very correct. That’s ok, but how can I see the emotion of teacher on the topic when there is points of anger, laugh, freedom and excitements.
I know you’re agreeing on this point that today we have information about everything or we have tools to get it quickly. Information is coming in our brain in high speed and from various methods. We have data but we don’t time to analysis and mind power to store. And some of don’t have high analytical skills to analyze which thing is wrong and right for us. We are taking decision based on top 10 Google search results, reviews, like etc. it can be fraud and coming search results can be tricked. So, learners don’t have option other than just believe on what he/she getting from the learning source. Too much information in the brain of learners do not providing space to think creatively, use of imagination power and thinking on the answers of teachers.
I know writing about disadvantages can be difficult and easy too. If you’re negative about the subject and topic then sure you can write and talk more about it. My motive of writing this article is not to make you negative about online classes and learning. I want that you can analysis such above factors about online classes while researching for best online courses.
I am in the favour of both. Both offline and online courses have advantages and disadvantages. All the methods are not fruitful for all kind of students and not all students are in the same situation to take online classes. So, before choosing online degree program, I suggest analysis your situation, resources, time, environment, money and results you want.
I am not studying offline nowadays but I did various online technical courses. And it’s good and it helps us to learn quickly. But interaction with live person is different story. But learning is also a skill. We used to say learn from everyone but how to learn also need some thought.
But if you’re a student then I suggest to you consider and discuss with advantages and disadvantages of online learning with your parents or known teacher. After analyzing the points of your trusted supported then take your own decision.
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