Tag: online learning

15 Mar 2024
Online learning

How is online learning affecting education?

Modern classrooms have changed so much. From chalk-and-blackboard classrooms, we are now living in an age where digital classrooms (online learning) have taken over the world. Now, the students listen to their teachers talking through a Zoom screen. The world has changed a lot significantly due to the pandemic, which has brought so much modification into our lives.

Pitfalls of a conventional classroom:

In a conventional classroom, the students don’t get all the attention from the teacher. There is practically no interaction between the teacher and the students. Some of the students are not able to understand the teacher but can’t question them at the same time while they are delivering the lecture. So, these students are unable to perform because they have not understood anything.

Often, a lack of attention is also caused due to seating arrangements. Some of the students are sitting in the front rows, others in the middle, and some are backbenchers who find it tough to maintain attention. Whatever the number of students in a classroom also determines the understanding level of students.

  • Disadvantages of large class sizes:

Studies have proved that with a smaller number of students in the class, they tend to score better, and it’s also easier for teachers to manage the class. When class size is small, teachers can talk to students individually about their problems. This is not possible with a large class size because too many students can’t be talked to at once.

With large class sizes, the use of technology is limited. This is due to the ability of students not able to see the projector. This is not beneficial for students because they can’t hone their digital abilities. They have no technical skills, which can prove to be detrimental in the later stages of their lives.

Using technology in class proves to be useful for students because it is required in corporate careers these days. When students are taught through technology like tablets, they become more adept at using them than those who are not.

Use of technology in education:

This transition from textbooks to modern-day gadgets happened because of the invention of the internet. Now instead of cumbersome books, education is available at the fingertips of every human being due to the internet. Due to this, students found it easy to access information and understand it. So, teachers started teaching students through virtual classrooms. But with technology, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) were invented where students could easily be transferred lessons, and they could study from them. They were handed over the entire lessons online, where they could study the material and try the quizzes also.

Technology has also changed a lot in recent years. With smartphones, students can browse through information at any time.

Students benefit from the flexibility offered by online learning.

When the material is available to them 24/7, they can browse through it at night or in the morning. They don’t have to follow a packed schedule like in the case of traditional classrooms where they have to be in the class at a certain time.

  • Use of LMSs:

LMS is getting used in virtual classrooms, due to which content availability is omnipresent. The LMS also provides analytics that are not present in a conventional classroom. The students might not understand something, but the teacher does not know about it. It’s because the student does not finish a lesson if they are unable to understand it. So, their LMS analytics show a lesser time spent on a lesson that they didn’t understand. The teachers can make sure that the students can have personal online learning paths, due to which they can spend more time on lessons incomprehensible to them. It’s not like they are supposed to spend a fixed time on a lesson.

  • Use of AR:

The technology is advancing like never before. Now, AR (Augmented Reality) is also being used in teaching students via online learning. With objects drawn along with real-life objects, students can see the latter from a better perspective. This is very useful in medical and manufacturing industries where everything can’t be explained with examples. So, a patient’s vitals can be shown and what is to be done in the situation through AR-based objects and headsets. Traditional classroom-based learning will not stay any longer, because students can’t focus when anything lifelike is not shown to them, only possible through technology. When they are transferred to different situations in online learning through this technology, they tend to understand information better.