Virtual Education : An advanced way of learning

In this modern world, the methods of teaching have also developed and evolved in more compact ways. Now classrooms have been decreased to the size of screens and teachers aren’t in the staff rooms but on our social media contacts. This kind of development has not only increased the convenience for students but also the teachers who can clear doubts of students anytime , anywhere. Virtual classrooms , online examinations and video lectures constitute virtual education.

Virtual education is defined as a different learning experience which consists of digital media and internet connectivity. Online education is the kind of education where the distance between the teacher and the student is unimportant and not the matter of any concern. These days even books are not in a way they used to be. The heavy books are just a click away and also in the format of PDFs and Ebooks. It is a kind of education method which is quite flexible and very convenient for those who are far away from urban places and want to go ahead in the field of academics. In simple words, virtual learning can be termed as a form of learning by the means of gadgets.

The process of online learning has innumerable benefits all over. Some of the easily visible advantages are here as follows :-

 

  • Engagement:

Since every student is somewhere or the other willing to stay on the laptop or phone, virtual education is the best way to pass the knowledge. The encashing of education becomes convenient for a person when he or she can pursue it on his personal computer or the tablet. The engagement is automatically increased as a person can stay on an electronic device more than the books. This is just the best way to keep a student involved in his curriculum.

 

  • Affordable and economical method:

The process of internet learning acquires minimal costing. The cost of the internet was the only expense one had to pay with the fees. The books, the assignments , the notes, all are provided via media and are all on the device itself. This not only keeps the budget in control but is also convenient in handling the study material. 

 

  • Degree without leaving your hometown:

Some of the students cannot leave their hometown. They have so many reasons but are eager to pursue education from the best institutions of the world. This is only possible by the implementation of online studying. Even in the remote areas, the facility of virtual education is becoming a big hit. Students are no longer suffering because of the distance. 

 

  • Quick solutions to doubts :

Gone are the days when one will have to wait for the next day to communicate with any teacher and clear the doubts. Nowadays , contacting a teacher is just a tap away and viola ! you are done with your question. Curiosity won’t be starved. Infact , this will amp up the process of learning for students all over. 

 

  • Digital skills enhancement:

Once you start using technology , you get the hang of it. With time, a student will not only be able to study and gain knowledge but in fact develop his mind according to the current technology. He or she will learn how to deal with the gripping innovations and technical world.  

But every new trend comes with its own challenges and disadvantages. India is a developing country and such a huge step of internet or onscreen learning is something which will take time to evolve here. As a result of which there are a few drawbacks of virtual education which can be pointed out as follows :-

 

  • Lack of discipline:

The students don’t study in a classroom. They are either in their rooms or out of town and whatsoever. This is an issue as the teacher cannot determine if the student is thoroughly attentive or not. In the world of virtual learning , this is one peculiar challenge. The mentor keeps a track of performance in school or the classroom but he won’t be able to keep a track of whether the student is able to understand or not. 

 

  • Needs persistent efforts and practise:

It’s not the time for homework and classroom tasks now. So a student will have to work harder than the conventional modes of education. It is because a student won’t be able to perform until and unless he gives his best efforts to studying. 

 

  • Student deprived of required attention:

The amount of attention in offline education is way more than that of online learning. This is one over the head problem as they are unable to work efficiently and learn better without any accountability to the teacher or the lecturer. 

 

  • Absence of Motivation:

Seriousness of the learner is very important and so is the motivation. All of the education is in vain if a student lacks the interest in studies and is not very curious to learn. The screen distracts the mind by various ways and eventually the student skips studying and ends up being demotivated by the name of learning.

 

  • Challenges related to technology:

Not everyone knows how to deal with this fast pace of technology. Some of the students are not even aware of learning via the internet. The challenge of latest technology is quite complex to deal with as some of the students belonging to either small towns or rural areas don’t know how to study by the means of electric appliances.

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