Internet revolutionised learning as it was introduced. The power to get in with any students or teachers anywhere anytime was a great idea, however, something went wrong during the implementation of the technology. Online learning did not catch up as it was supposed to and let’s break it down to see the flaws.
- Failing to meet the requirement of the students – Guidance and support for the students is inadequate hence leading to low retention rates in students. Poor quality of support for the students is to be blamed for this. The interaction between the educators and students tend to be low with distance education students. Distance education costs money and support, some institutions do not account for this when introducing these programs.
- Failing to adapt to online study style – Most online education material is text-based. In a traditional classroom, an instructor would explain the material. With online only, it become a one-way experience rather than an exchange of ideas. Hence, the students have difficulty adjusting to the online study style.
- Online education seen as easier than traditional – The perception of online education is that it will be easier than the traditional mode of studying as it is more flexible, making it feel less restrictive. Even with the comforts of the online education, the learning process is still the same as the traditional classroom. Wrong expectations set by students can make it difficult for them to realise the full potential of the education.
- No commitment to finish the degree – Third of the distance education students fail to finish their courses, according to The Australian. The lack of engagement and poor quality of support also make it harder for students to commit to the completion of their courses.
In conclusion, it is vital to understand that online only is not the way forward for the students. An innovation solution is required which incorporates both traditional and online learning and blend them together for better learning experience for the students.