Top 7 Disadvantages of online classes are explained in this article that you can consider before joining or planning online school or online degree programs. It will help you to plan your online degree and strategy for online courses.
Taking online classes is a different experience than learning from a teacher’s offline. That’s why the advantages of offline classes are the disadvantages of online classes. Online learning methods are less costly, easily accessible, various courses, and freedom for everyone as I shared in the last blog post about the advantages of online classes.
Today it’s about the disadvantages of taking online classes. There are advantages and disadvantages to everything that is used by humans.
For example, Mobile is an essential part of our life now, because there are various advantages of mobile devices for people such as quick communication, information on click, etc. But too much use of mobile and too much information coming in the form of notifications can be disadvantages too.
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In this article I am writing about the disadvantages of online classes then I hope it will be easy for students to take the decision. Before taking online classes or enrolment in online degree programs students should identify the obstacles that can be possible in online study. There are more advantages of online classes than disadvantages. But here are a few concerns that I want to share with you.
Disadvantages of online classes and degree programs
1. Lack of Discipline
Behind every successful achievement so far, discipline plays the biggest role in behind. We learned with discipline in schools. Rule and regulations are predefined by schools and teachers for students. And students are committed to doing their best whatever teachers ordered them to do. Discipline becomes their habit and because of this, they become high-quality government employees and successful businessmen, etc.
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For example, Daily classes, homework, Q&A, subject tests, etc. are part of a student’s life. If they ignore the orders of teachers intentionally they know they will be punished.
But in higher education or online classes, there is no fear of failure or teachers. Students are free. Freedom is good but too much freedom especially for students without the guidelines is not good for society and also for them.
Continuous learning and taking classes regularly is very important to become knowledgeable and master in the subject. To acquire knowledge in any subject students have to do various tasks such as assignments, notes writing, research, group discussion, and practical implementation, etc. are really important. It can be ignored by students easily if they are taking online classes at home.
Some websites and universities providing everything that is important for learning but then it again depends on the students to follow. Nothing can force people to become a disciplined and funny thing is robots will never. Only fear of failure and punishment can align people to be disciplined.
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2. Ready-made Answers
When you ask a question in offline class then teachers have to respond quickly based on knowledge and creativity. But when asked on online teachers, they have time to research the question on Google then give the answers. And also the top 10 questions and answers are pre-written because they know what students can ask. And some online teachers just send a copy of the answer to those questions to all. I don’t think this good.
Students have only one chance while they ask the question to learn and understand the core part of the topic. Students need a real-time answer filled with creativity and knowledge. If teachers producing ready-made answers without knowing and analyzing the curiosity of learners then you can predict the future of students and their understanding of the subject easily.
3. Less creativity & more instruction
The emanation of creativity in the student’s mind comes during the class. In offline classes, teachers do the analysis of the mind and behavioral activities of students before teaching about the subject. Then they teach students based on student’s absorption power or learning capacity. This is not possible for teachers in front of the camera. Yes, teachers can give instructions but they are unable to emanation the creativity in students’ minds by using the camera. And if students are unable to feel the presence and thoughts of a teacher in the classroom and in the brain then I don’t think students learned the lesson. They can pass the exam but I will guarantee they can’t explain the same topic in more than 5 different ways immediately after the class. Teaching instruction is not teaching. And instruction in the mind of students is not knowledge. This what I called copy & Paste.
The exception is: Some teachers and students are genii.
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4. Tough to find an environment for study
In schools & colleges, students have a proper environment for study. They are committed to learning with discipline and ready to explore creativity. To explore creativity and discipline we need to provide an environment for students to learn. When taking online classes at home there are fewer chances to create an environment for study. It required support from other family members. That’s not possible in joint families. This is a big disadvantage to study at home. Even getting the notification and mobile calls are also disturbed students to focus on study. Offline class in front of the teacher is highly focused on the topic and no one can disturb the classroom.
5. Difficult to select best course & classes
Online learning is in trends and it will be increasing as people getting more knowledge about online study programs. People from developing countries also start taking advantage of online classes. But that’s why the organization, companies, individuals participating in the online education programs and funding startup educators.
There are various courses and online degree programs available almost for everything. From academic to technical and technical to the interest-based (music, cooking, etc.) But in the perspective students point of view “How to select the best course in between (average) 20-30 courses for one subject. And which website is best and providing all the resources required for learning on the internet.
From a business point of view, only big companies investing will lead the online education market. Online paid education providers or almost all big or small companies are using emotional marketing methods. People engaged more towards emotional materials. Spending the money online is 70% based on emotional decisions. Emotional intelligence is another big thing that people start analyzing or start learning about it 3-4 years later from today’s point. In between emotional marketing its’ really tough for students to select the best course and enroll in with reputed, qualified sites.
6. Scripted Lectures
In old times offline teachers are dynamic and change the attention of students from one point to the second point. I mean creativity is explored in a way that students understand and relate the lecture with real-time crises. Sorry, because I am not a professor but here is an example on my concern: If the teacher is giving a lecture on economic crises in online class and examples are not related about the economics of the country in which student is living, how I can help my country or myself when I got personal economic crises.
My mean is that if an example in the lecture by teachers is not connected with current affairs or what happened yesterday on the economic sides. I don’t think it’s ok to learn about the crises that happened before my birth. Might be you can disagree with my point. But it’s true that offline teachers can give the example of today’s economic changes in even the same day in the class. There is a chance that teachers create the script for the class or anyone teaching online has the script to read who has good expression skills.
And also the class video can be edited materials and we can miss emotional attachment to subject from teachers. Because they are teaching in very humble and all words are very correct. That’s ok, but how can I see the emotion of the teacher on the topic when there are points of anger, laugh freedom, and excitements.
7. Information overload
I know you’re agreeing on this point that today we have information about everything or we have tools to get it quickly. Information is coming in our brain at high speed and from various methods. We have data but we don’t time to analyze and mind power to store. And some don’t have high analytical skills to analyze which thing is wrong and right for us. We are taking the decision based on top 10 Google search results, reviews, like, etc. it can be a fraud and coming search results can be tricked. So, learners don’t have an option other than just believe in what he/she getting from the learning source. Too much information in the brain of learners does not providing space to think creatively, use imagination power, and thinking on the answers of teachers.
I know writing about disadvantages can be difficult and easy too. If you’re negative about the subject and topic then sure you can write and talk more about it. My motive for writing this article is not to make you negative about online classes and learning. I want that you can analyze such above factors about online classes while researching for the best online courses.
I am in favor of both. Both offline and online courses have advantages and disadvantages. All the methods are not fruitful for all kinds of students and not all students are in the same situation to take online classes. So, before choosing an online degree program, I suggest analysis your situation, resources, time, environment, money, and results from you want.
I am not studying offline nowadays but I did various online technical courses. And it’s good and it helps us to learn quickly. But interaction with a live person is a different story. But learning is also a skill. We used to say learn from everyone but how to learn also needs some thought.
But if you’re a student then I suggest you consider and discuss with advantages and disadvantages of online learning with your parents or known teacher. After analyzing the points of your trusted support then take your own decision.
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