In this article we will be discussing Online Education – Biggest Disadvantages. Online education has turned the education world upside-down by revolutionizing the way people can obtain certificate, and even degree, qualifications. Online schools, and colleges, have enabled anyone with an internet connection to pursue tertiary education without the exorbitant expenses associated with traditional college, or university, life. Unfortunately, this convenience comes with a variety of disadvantages.
The most common perception of online education is that the degrees etc. obtained are substandard, and below their respective industry pars. While this is not always the case, and many reputable online institutions exist that provide education that meet, and even surpass, traditional standards, the stigma remains attached. This means that, while acceptance is growing. Many employers simply won’t rank an online degree alongside a degree obtained by a student who actually attended college, physically.
Another disadvantage is the lack of immediate help from lecturers. While this is a necessary evil, due to the convenience of not needing to be on a centralized campus, it does mean that lecturers are not a short walk to the staff room away. Instead, email correspondence is often the only way to contact lecturers to discuss coursework, exam preparations, or even simply to ask for further help on a topic.
Some online institutions avert this problem, somewhat, however, by taking steps to ensure that emails are answered rapidly, and by enabling contact via telephone as well. This helps to level the playing field with students that live on campus but still adds delays, and inconvenience, in such a scenario.
Also, since the study is dependent on internet, failure on the part of your internet service provider, or even an accident at home, that disconnects you for a period of time could be disastrous. A few days of disconnection can mean a huge volume of work to catch up on, while keeping up with the fresh work coming in.
On the other hand, this may not be so different from missing classes in traditional college, due to illness etc. Further, some online institutions are conscious of this possibility and have programs in place to ease the burden of such an unfortunate eventuality – such as offering missed notes, in a readily available fashion, and having lecturers available to help students in catching up. In some cases, an internet cafe, or a friend’s house, may be enough to offset this problem, though still somewhat inconvenient.
One other disadvantage, though avoided by some innovative institutions, is the lack of a classroom setting which makes useful friendships, and study groups, difficult to form. This is because online education, by its very nature, is very individual. This means there isn’t necessarily the option to ask your classmate if they understood a certain topic, and requesting help from the same. As implied earlier, however, some of these institutions do have some semblance of a classroom setting, online based, of course, which allows fellow students to communicate effectively and help each other in this manner.
Like traditional college life, online education has its fair share of disadvantages and, while remaining a viable option (and the only one in some cases), should be considered carefully, weighing out both the good, and the bad.