From each person to every industry, there is no one who has not been affected by the pandemic during 2020 and 2021. It has led to school closure worldwide as containment measures to control the virus come into effect. However, Distance learning powered by emerging technologies has allowed continuity of education in many parts of the world.
Schools, colleges, and universities have been relying on distance learning to bridge geographical and time differences. It is an effective method used by schools to increase their class size without necessarily scaling up their facilities.
Although distance learning comes with its share of challenges, below is an in-depth analysis of challenges faced during distance learning and how we can combat them.
Challenges faced during distance learning:
The change from in-person to virtual learning may be very disruptive, and some learners take time to adapt to the new style. In addition, students who are used to the traditional classroom environment may find it hard to learn on online platforms. While the exact content may be delivered for physical and online classes, comprehension rates differ among learners.
While studying online, there are many chances of deviating from other activities like social media or even listening to music. Distractions contribute to time wastage, loss of concentration and reduces the effectiveness of distance learning. To avoid distractions, you must identify your learning goals and objectives and build a study plan to achieve your objectives.
Technical issues range from a low internet connection to broken hardware parts and faulty software. Plenty of technical problems arise from a lack of understanding of technology and computer applications. In addition, Internet speed plays a significant role in how quickly you attend classes. Therefore, having a high-speed internet connection is suitable for an effective, efficient, and flawless online learning experience.
Distance learning requires possession of at least some basic computer knowledge. Unfortunately, many students do not have sufficient knowledge and skills like MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint. Lack of computer knowledge may make it hard for learners to use communication-related apps, appropriate icons, and study materials.
Physical learning creates an environment for continuous learning through students’ support from their tutors and peers. Students who do not understand or misunderstand a concept during live online classes may find it hard to seek clarification as they are detached from the instructor. Students may also lack the motivation for their coursework due to a lack of a physical campus or their peers.
How can we combat these issues?
Online learning is projected to continue growing to mainstream levels, mainly driven by improvement in learning technology. However, nothing matches the traditional classroom experience, but using the right Ed-Tech tools and software in online learning could boost the effectiveness and keep the learners engaged and motivated.