E – Learning its advantages and disadvantages – Daily Notable
By our Editorial Desk, Sadia Ishaq
E-learning is the acquisition and use of knowledge distributed and facilitated primarily by electronic mean. This form of learning currently depends on computers and network, but will likely evolve into a system consisting of a variety of channels and technologies as they are developed and adopted. E – learning can take the form of courses as well as modules and smaller learning objects.
E-learning may incorporate synchronous and asynchronous access and may be distributed geographically with varied limits of time.
The e-learning models of today are analogous to distance learning approaches. The roots of e- learning therefore, traced back to the correspondence model of learning. One of the first correspondence programs in the U.S developed at Pennsylvania state university in 1892, where the main mission was to provide higher education access to remote and rural areas.
During its heydays in 1920’s to 1930’s shool such as penn state experimented with the use of radio to broadcast their correspondence course lessons nationally.
In recent years, the knowledge based economy exhibited a pervasive and ever increasing demand for innovative ways of providing education and this led to dramatic changes in learning technology as well as organizations.
In the midst of this transition, cooperation, government organizations and educational institutions have to keep pace with E-learning phenomena and make strategic decisions how to adopt E-learning techniques in their unique environment.
Use of E-Learning
E-learning is used in anywhere and in all kinds of areas. Companies, non-profit organizations, NGO’S and educational institutions.
E-learning has many advantages. Some of them are:
Obtaining grades from web
Save time and also the money
Communication with instructor personally by every person
Tension Free discussions on course content through the discussion-board
Easy access to course content and lectures at any time (as lectures are recorded)
Easy submission of assignments through web
Flexibility, Accessibility and Convenience.
But now a day in such a pandemic situation due to COVID-19 is more beneficial for whole world .Because it saves children from wasting their precious time in this pandemic.
Disadvantages of E-learning
Every application has two sides .E-learning also has its disadvantages:
The application used for E-learning is not accessible to all.
The quality of network is not same in all areas so students are unable to access E-learning.
Solution for E-learning
Organization should ensure that effective strategies are in place before implementing web based learning.
Care should be taken to ensure that the students with low bandwidth also can access these.
E-learning is the best way of saving time. But there is need of some betterment in this so that it is accessible to every person.