Online learning is one of the biggest trends in the education space at the moment. And it’s not difficult to see why. The perks are just so much, and this evident in the huge number of students that enroll for online courses and degree programs every day. These courses do not only cost less compared to their traditional counterparts, they also offer a lot of flexibility to students making it possible for one to study and work at the same time. Scholars all over the globe can take these courses regardless of their location thus making it possible for you to obtain a degree from an institution outside your country. But despite all these benefits, online courses are still not without its challenges. Although these challenges are nothing compared to what you stand to gain, it’s still a good idea for you to know about them. Without wasting any more time, let’s look at some of the most common challenges facing the development of online education system. •
The complete reliance of online courses on technology is actually one of the major stumbling blocks to its development. Students frequently encounter issues when attending a virtual classroom. This usually range from compatibility issues to hardware problems, which can be really frustrating, especially for those who are non- tech savvy. These issues might disrupt their learning making it difficult for them to continue. This is why it’s extremely important to check out the quality of support provided by an online institution before enrolling in their course. •
No doubt, online education offers a lot of perks, but it’s also important to understand its limitations. While students may consider the world as a classroom, the physical absence of professors and classmates can also be a problem. There would always be times when students wish for more personal attention with their teachers or instructors. Most of the time, they won’t get immediate response to their questions, which can be a little frustrating. The inability to also meet and discuss with fellow students after class can also be a big challenge, because all these are important to guarantee a rich learning experience. •
The first challenge students normally have when moving to the online space is that of getting uses to the system. This is most common with those who are already used to the traditional type of classroom teaching. Instead of a face-to-face interaction with teachers, they are required to sit behind a computer system. Some of these students may find it hard to get used to the new system. Accessing course management systems, participating in group discussions, and using digital libraries, to mention a few, are things they might not be used to. This automatically affects their learning experience. As a result, it may take a while before they are able to fully make the transition. Whilst it may be difficult for some to change the traditional mindset they have, understanding the perks of online education would eventually help them make the transition. •
One of the biggest challenges of many students studying online is proper time management. And it’s not difficult to see why. Most learners easily become complacent when given the liberty to determine their own study schedules. They fold their arms thinking their coursework will be a follow through, but eventually get disappointed. Just like traditional college education, online learning requires a lot of work and time. Thus, students who are not willing to put in the extra work will find it very difficult to excel. Incidentally, it often happens that most of these students are adult who opt for online classes because of their flexibility. Unfortunately, these people rarely have enough time to follow through with their programs due to the numerous commitments they have every day. •
To excel in the four walls of a university, you need some level of drive and motivation. But to excel in an online class, you actually need more. Self-motivation is a critical factor required to go through with any online course. Unfortunately, many online students do not have this trait. As a result, most of them end up performing woefully. This is why it’s very important to enroll for a course that’s related to something you are passionate about. That way you will always have the drive to pay attention to your coursework, having the mind that finishing well will help you advance your career. Wrapping it up Now you know about the challenges of online learning, so you know what to expect. It is also important to know that some of the problems are non-existent in some online learning environments. It all depends on the online school you opt for. So make sure you do your research before choosing a program.