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As every coin has two sides, every new initiative along with some major reforms, often brings with it some demerits with one can’t ignore. In the modern world, where on one hand, under ‘New normal’ online learning with numerous benefits, both for teachers and students, has become a integral ingredient of the education system, there are many disadvantages as well, causing various problems for users, which is becoming a cause of major concern for parents these days. Yesterday, we discussed major benefits of the online learning but here we’ll ponder over the disadvantages associated with the online learning, under the ‘new normal’ adopted due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Disadvantages of online learning (1) Inability to focus on screens
For many students, one of the biggest challenges of online learning is struggle with focusing on the screen for long periods of time. With online learning, there is also a greater chance for students to be easily distracted by social media or other sites. Therefore, it is imperative for teachers to keep their online classes crisp, engaging, and interactive to help students stay focused on the lesson.
(2) Technology issues
Another key challenge of online classes is internet connectivity. While internet penetration has grown in leaps and bounds over past few years, in smaller cities and towns, a consistent connection with decent speed is a problem. Without a consistent internet connection for students or teachers, there can be a lack of continuity in learning for the child. It is detrimental to the education process.
(3) Sense of isolation
Students can learn a lot from being in the company of their peers. However, in an online class, there are minimal physical interaction between students and teachers. This often results in a sense of isolation for the students. In this situation, it is imperative that the school allow for other forms of communication between students, peers and teachers. This include online messages, emails and video conferencing that will allow for face-to-face interaction and reduce the sense of isolation.
(4) Teacher training
Online learning requires teachers to have a basic understanding of using digital forms of learning. However, this is not the case always. Very often, teachers have a very basic understanding of technology. Sometimes, they don’t even have the necessary resources and tools to conducts online classes.
To combat this, it is important for schools to invest in training teachers with latest technology updates’ so that they can conduct their online classes seamlessly.
(5) Manage screen-time
Many parents are concerned about health hazards as children spend so many hours staring at a screen. This increase in screen time is one of the biggest concerns and disadvantages of online learning. Sometimes students also develop bad posture and other physical problems, due to staying hunched in front of a screen.
A good solution to it would be to give the students plenty of breaks from screen to refresh their mind and their body.
Vijay Garg

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