The internet as we know it was invented by Tim Berners Lee, a CERN employee mere thirty years ago in 1989. Since then we have seen many avatars of the internet back from the days of Hotmail, a popular email service to now artificial intelligence and machine learning. The internet through its evolution over the years has shown people many new ways of learning from educational videos on YouTube or Live Streaming Classes like webinars to beautiful interactive content on mobile apps.
Today the market is flooded with many learning options available to a parent. This has given rise to many myths around online education and e-learning.
Traditional Classes Vs Online Learning
Parents feel that traditional classes are better than online classes because of the support provided by the teacher. They also sometimes feel that the online medium may not suit the child as the child may not be able to operate the computer without their help or they may browse to some other websites.
However, the truth is that traditional classroom training tutorials have bad experiences too along with bad grades. Otherwise, everyone in the class would have got a 100% score had the traditional medium been that effective.
The online medium also strives to give personal one-on-one attention to the child along with an explanation of the concept in a more visual way. Doubt resolution is quick as the teacher is on a one-on-one class with the child. Trust me, online education is the future and sooner or later both you and your child will be on it.
Parents feel that online courses are not accredited to any governing body and hence not respected by peers or even companies.
You would be surprised to know that most accredited institutions of higher learning in India like the IIM’s have made the online course as part of its curriculum. Some institutions have made hybrid courses where a major part of the course is done online and a small part is done by attending traditional classes. Also, many educators have taken rigorous steps to get accredited to increase the value of their courses.
No Group learning
Well, there is a great concern among parents that students learn more in groups with their peers than in isolated online classrooms.
There are so many ways that students collaborate, learn and contribute to Online Classes via Discussions Forums, webinars, and messages. Even introvert students participate and break the ice with peers and bond — making friends for life!
Not good at computers
I don’t know what to say about this as there is no definition of ‘not good at computers’. Did you know that the online courses are very friendly and anyone with basic knowledge of computers like checking emails and shopping on Flipkart can learn online! Learning online is not rocket science and anyone can do so without getting a Ph.D. in computers.
Lack of rigor
Well, this is not true. Online classes are more rigorous and demand more time. To succeed in an online class students need to read more and manage time better when compared to the traditional classes. Hence there is no point to assume that because it’s online — classes will be easier.
Well having said that online classes are definitely the future of learning because of its merits. Online Classes make quality education accessible across the world even in places where teachers are not available. Opportunities like these are too good to pass by. So, instead of allowing myths about online education to hold the field back, let’s learn from these misconceptions to make better learner experiences.