The Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtual Learning
Virtual learning is a relatively new method of gaining an education in all types of subjects and, as with most things, it has its advantages and its disadvantages. Today we’re going to take an objective look at learning online and set out both the pros and the cons so that our readers have the information necessary to make an informed decision on whether this new type of learning will suit them.
|ACCESSIBLE – virtual learning is accessible to anyone who has a computer, tablet or smartphone.||SELF-DISCIPLINE – it’s essential that you have the motivation necessary to sit and do the course. This type of learning is more difficult for those who are prone to procrastination.|
|LOCATION – you can take part in an online course from any location where you can get a Wi-Fi signal.||IMPERSONAL – because there is no actual human communication involved, the virtual environment can feel a little lonely.|
|FLEXIBLE – virtual learning can usually take place at a time that is convenient for the student. There is no longer any need to be in a classroom at a specific time on a specific day.||ISOLATION – there are no other students with whom to discuss the course so the type of classroom discussions that can lead to understanding of the subject do not happen.|
|AFFORDABLE – because you can learn from the comfort of your own home it means that there are no travel costs involved in virtual learning.||SOLO LEARNING – if you need clarification on a topic, it’s not instantly available as it would be if a teacher were present whom you could ask. You can still ask for clarification in a virtual learning situation, but the answer may be delayed due to online availability of the person who could answer your question.|
|CONVENIENT – you can study at your own convenience which makes this type of learning preferable for those with young families, those with full time jobs and those who have other responsibilities that require input at specific times or places.||TECHNOLOGY ISSUES – Technology problems are always frustrating, but if they take place when you’re in the middle of attending a virtual class, they can be extremely disruptive. A virtual classroom is only as good as the technology behind it. If the learning software doesn’t work well with your computer, or your Internet connection fails in the midst of a lesson, you may end up spending more time working with the software or repairing your connection than learning the material.|