Part 1: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Online Learning
The Benefits of Online Learning
The one of the biggest benefits of online learning is that you can set up your own learning paces, which means students can finish their targets at any time and anywhere. A self-paced system enables them to make progress with rhythm that suits them.
As the learner is attending the class in their own environment, they can control it better. They can adjust lighting, heat and noise levels to ones they are comfortable with. The more comfortable they are, the better they can learn. At the same time, it also can avoid the issue of potential disruption by classmates.
When group work is held through text or video chats, it's easier to concentrate on the topic at hand. It has been suggested that online, a group will put much more effort into the task at hand. Feedback given online can be in depth and consistent.
The Drawbacks of Online Learning
However there is something that online learning can't offer compared with face-to-face learning. It is much easier for online learners to disengage from task. At the same time, it is harder for instructor to figure out whether students are paying attention to what he/she is teaching.
What's more, learning is a social activity. While the internet has made communication easier, it is not always as effective as face-to-face meetings. Learners can get to know each other better in a physical space, while online there’s always the sense of being disconnected from your peers.