The COVID-19 pandemic has made online learning the “new normal” for many of us. But is that a good thing? In this blog, we'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of online classes, and help you decide if online learning is the best option for you. Online learning can create a sense of isolation, as students are no longer in an environment dedicated to learning and are surrounded by distractions. It also requires additional training for instructors, as they must adapt to teaching online.
Technical problems are also common in online classes, and looking at digital screens has a myriad of negative effects for both adults and children. Time management can be a challenge for students taking online classes, as there is no structure to keep them on track. It can also be difficult to focus on the screen for long periods of time, and students may encounter challenges or not understand the material when learning online. Teachers also face challenges when transitioning to online learning, as they must move entire courses and curricula online.
This can be a lot of extra work, as they must record lectures, organize video calls, live lessons, and homework submission portals. Finally, online classes may not be the best option for those who are already feeling the negative effects of spending too much screen time. When deciding if online classes are right for you, consider the advantages and disadvantages carefully. If you decide to take them, make sure to take steps to avoid the symptoms of spending too much screen time, such as blue light glasses and limiting screen time before going to sleep.