Pros and Cons of E-Learning for Students
From corporate ventures to households’ day-to-day operations, it has penetrated almost every niche and field. It has transformed the educational arena as well by providing new opportunities for learning.
E-learning in Pakistan is becoming a thing now, as it is a great enabler in terms of learning practices. While online education holds many benefits, it may have some drawbacks as well. Here is a look at the merits and demerits of e-learning.
The internet penetration in Pakistan is increasing consistently. Currently, it stands at 35.21 percent of the population. The higher rate of internet users means there are more potential recipients of digital learning programs. Moreover, mobility issues and affordability limit the students’ access to educational materials. E-learning can effectively remove these obstacles, as one can access the materials from the comfort of their home.
Academies and tuition centers have predefined schedules, which do not suit all students. Online learning is beneficial in this regard, as it allows the students to set their own schedules. They can access the learning materials at any time of the day. This way, they get to keep up with their other responsibilities without impacting their education.
E-learning is cost-efficient, as it does not involve any commute expenses. Moreover, some e-learning platforms offer complete course material designed by the subject experts along with solved past papers, book notes, and practice tests—all under one package. Hence, the cost incurred on additional tuition is saved.
E-learning platforms engage professionals who are specialized in concerned subjects to design the learning material. This material is tailored to the specific requirements of different educational boards. Students find it hard to access authentic study material even when they are seeking outside help like academies or home tuitions. They provide a complete self-study kit that can help them with their exam preparation.
While technology is great, it can render a person helpless in case of glitches. The learning process can be jeopardized easily if the computer or the internet is not working properly. With power outages being a frequent occurrence, it is risky for students to rely solely on online platforms—especially when they have an exam or a test the next day.
With e-learning, students’ social life faces decline. As they are on their computer or mobile phones for most of the day, they would not be able to communicate much with their peers. Socializing is crucial to a person’s mental health. It is also a learning opportunity, as one understands more by having a discussion with their peers. E-learning can be more challenging if the student is more of a social butterfly.
Some students need a push to study hard. This motivation usually comes from instructors and peers. When the student is doing self-study, they are prone to procrastination. The inspiration, guidance, and deadlines, given by a teacher, are usually missing in modern education learning.