Caught in a dilemma, whether online learning is beneficial or not? Stuck between the idea of choosing online training over one-on-one interaction? Tired of seeing yourself wandering behind the thoughts of wasting holidays by just overthinking on this subject? No worry! Let us have deep insight into all this.
Virtual training is a feature in the modern education system by which the students are taught by the mentors/ teachers by connecting virtually, via video calls or voice calls. It calls for training the students in their particular field through the medium of the internet. Currently, colleges, schools, and even internships are being held virtually. Many people are doing work from home jobs. Various webinars, events are being held virtually. Where the speaker/mentor arranges a meeting and all the audience join via invites.
Now, as it has been inferred that education is continuing through online mode. Many of us would think if it is better than the previous education system or not where the teacher was present in front of us and it was much easy to communicate. Or this mode is better where we can save our money by not travelling, by not buying uniforms etc. A lot of questions arise about which form of education is recommended. I would like to clear this by talking on its challenges and solutions.
- Connection issue: The first and foremost obstacle we face is this. Many a time while connecting over calls, we face internet issues. Signals come and all of a sudden disappear. Many important talks get missed. Recently, many universities are conducting online exams. What if while giving exams, someone faces connectivity issue and all the answers get vanished. These are some problems that occur and will occur.
- Determination reduces: It has also been witnessed that amidst the classroom with peers and friends, the competitive zeal is high and remains the same. The enthusiasm to learn, ask, doubt and question flourishes. But the online training trend when examined examines a downfall in this context. Students are seen to be demotivated as if they are doing self-learning with no-one around to have a competition with.
- Lack in analysing gestures: In the classroom-mode of education, the gestures and the clues of both the teacher and the student are seen. As if, the student has got what the teacher is conveying or the teacher analyses if the student is listening or not. The gestures and posture state that all. But in online and virtual training method this has reduced somehow. There is no effective communication among the listener and the receiver and hence the content gets lost.
- Boring: Many a time when you do a virtual training course, you have been given long modules which you need to study and at the end, you need to answer some of the MCQs, to find if you know what you have learnt. This may become boring after a period where you would not be in a position to handle more.
If there are challenges and difficulties, definitely the solution to some of them will surely exist. Some of them that I found out is:
- If you face the internet or connectivity issue, you must first check if the URL is correct. Check if you have a constant net pack. If operating through Wi-Fi, always keep a backup to have hotspot of the phone.
- To not let you bore amidst your training and sessions, one can practice collaborative learning by making groups virtually and working as a team using virtual breakout rooms.
Hence, online and offline training both have their pros and cons. Do comment which one you recommend and why!