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Weighing the pros and cons of online learning – is it a boon or bane?

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There has been a debate about online learning for some time, students often wonder - if it is solving a problem or creating problems?

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Weighing the pros and cons of online learning – is it a boon or bane?

The certificate you will receive at the successful completion of the training (offline or online) will help put you a step ahead of your peers and the knowledge will help give you an in-depth understanding about the subject.

Swati was looking for internship opportunities, but despite constant efforts, she couldn’t get one. After multiple rejections, she realised that lack of experience and skill-gap made her profile below par and was the reason for all the rejections. Unfortunately, there are millions of students like Swati out there. But fortunately, there is a solution to help solve this problem and that is — Online learning.

The certificate you will receive at the successful completion of the training (offline or online) will help put you a step ahead of your peers and the knowledge will help give you an in-depth understanding about the subject. It would help boost your resume and in seeking career opportunities as employers prefer students who have relevant skills and understanding.

There has been a debate about online learning for some time, students often wonder – if it is solving a problem or creating problems? To help you make an informed decision we will discuss both the aspects.

To begin with, what is online learning?

Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online learning makes the content available for students digitally. Students can learn online, anywhere and anytime. Instead of physical copies of books, e-learning uses visual content and gamification.

Boon?

Learning has always been a long and a tedious journey. Offline centers and study material usually make learning monotonous and the student tends to lose interest after a while, but online learning has made it interesting, fun and a cakewalk. You can relax back in your seat while the knowledge is displayed on your screen.

Some of the perks of online learning are –

1. Economical:

In the case of online training, students’ aim is to learn so companies do not incur any expenses in miscellaneous offline activities and money is spent only on developing the content for the student thereby lowering the cost of training. Moreover, the time you might have spent commuting can now be saved.

2. Get your doubts cleared:

While learning, doubts might arise about the topic and students usually hesitate in asking questions in front of the class. In online learning, you are an anonymous user and your doubts, as frivolous, they may be, do not have to be asked in front of a class full of students. It will help you in getting your doubts cleared without a hesitation.

3. Flexibility:

You will be able to learn a new skill as per your timeline while devoting as many hours in a day as you would like. The short breaks that students usually encounter during professional and academic career and spend procrastinating can now be spent in a productive way.

Bane?

With the increase in the number of students opting for online learning, there have been various doubts associated with it. Students and parents wonder if it is value for money or if all the doubts will be answered or would they be losing out by not being in a classroom? Students find it difficult to imagine how the topics which are taught in the classrooms will be taught through online mediums. Students even worry about getting duped and because of these questions they stay vary from opting for an online training.

The questions that might arise are justified but can easily be avoided with thorough research about the platform offering the training. Even platforms are working towards bridging the gap so as to provide a flawless experience for the student and help remove all their qualms.

Over the past couple of years, online learning has grown exponentially and is becoming a mainstream medium for learning. With the rise in competition among students, it is essential to have in-depth knowledge and stay up to date with relevant skills. The final choice is yours — offline or online?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the publication


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