Everyone deserves to get a good education, academically or not. People now can get education from home, school and even Youtube videos. With the development of technologies, learning is now not restricted to only going to school or classes but also can be done virtually. Even so, certain people still prefer having it traditionally as it has more physical interaction between humans than having it virtually. There are pros and cons of having e-learning and traditional learning that can be discussed such as the usage of gadgets, accessibility and learning methods.
It is very convenient to have online learning as it offers various learning methods. For quizzes there are applications and websites such as Kahoot, Quizziz, Google Form and Microsoft Forms. This way, it will attract the students to be involved with the quiz and help them to answer the questions in a simpler way. In a traditional class environment, most schools do not allow the students to bring smartphones or tablets to class so they will have to answer quizzes manually on paper and it is actually time consuming.
Being able to learn virtually is also one of the benefits of online learning. It reduces the time taken to travel from home to school which also means reducing fuel consumption and at the same time reducing the cost. Applications such as Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams are commonly used in the education sector as it allows the learning process to go smoothly.
Accessibility is one of the most beneficial things ever happens in learning. E-learning allows the student to access the learning session anywhere and anytime. With recording features, teachers will be able to record the class or meeting and send it to the students for revision. Some students might have internet interruption during class so this feature really helps to make sure the students are not left behind. For some applications and software, there is a data backup and recovery system which helps if any convenience happens.
A lot of people are becoming better at using digital communication technologies which will be very beneficial in the future. Online learning allows students and teachers to explore new digital communication features that will help to improve their existing skills and at the same time adding more new skills. Skills help to add more value to someone and help the students and teachers to gain confidence.
Apart from the beneficial part, there are actually few downsides of online learning that usually affects the less fortunate people. Not everyone is well-off to purchase new gadgets. Some might only have one smartphone at home and that might be the biggest problem for the less fortunate. Other than not having smartphones or laptops or tablets, weak internet connection is also a problem. There are some places in this country that have weak internet connection or maybe no connection at all. This situation will burden the students as they have to find places with better internet connection.
All in all, the government plays a bigger role to help with the digital divide which is currently the biggest problem people are facing during e-learning.