All sectors have been affected one way or the other by the recent coronavirus pandemic. However, one major sector that has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic is the educational sector.
One might argue that the economy has been impacted negatively but the educational sector is relatively important as the economy. Whichever side you stand on, we really need to be optimistic about the current situation of the world’s population, hoping that it will get better as time goes on.
We aren’t talking about the economy today though, we are focusing more on the educational sector and how we can still learn amidst this dreadful pandemic.
Online education: The way forward?
With the use of social media increasing tremendously, online education may just be the way forward for students anywhere across the globe. Instagram, for instance, records over 400 million users daily. Now, about 60% that use this platform are students which brings the question, “what exactly are they doing online?”
The answer to this question is simple and doesn’t require an explanation as it is obviously not studying. Since students use social media often, why not introduce learning online. This way, students can use what they like doing to learn.
As a student, online education may sound less interesting, unrealistic and time-wasting but these benefits might just change your perspective.
Benefits of online education
Students reading this may have mixed feelings when it comes to signing up for an online course as it won’t be the exact experience as face-to-face teachings. Even as online education has its disadvantages, there are so many reasons why you should still drop your motives about it and give it a try. Here are the benefits of online education and the reasons why you should take it seriously.
1. More time for your hobbies and careers development
Taking an online course offers you more options. You have the added advantage of working while studying online. There will be several classes where you don’t need to log in to partake in tutorial sessions but follow discussion forums instead.
This can give you the opportunity to work and plan your schedules right, you can actually work while attending discussion forums or skip classes then return to the forum because it’s always there.
Once you’ve finished your online course, you would have attained a high level of working experience, unlike face-to-face lectures where you always have to be present in class.
Once you start taking an online course, you can do so anywhere, when I say anywhere, I mean any environment that is convenient for learning.
You may choose your bedroom, your living room, a friend’s place just across the street etc. Isn’t this interesting? So you will spend less time in traffic trying to get to school, less bothered about coming late and flexible options when it comes to learning!
3. More time to work on your self-discipline
This is by far one of the best advantages of online education. There is no teacher to keep you focused while lecture is ongoing, you have just yourself, your phone/laptop/tablet and the online course to deal with. Therefore, this is the right time for you to set yourself a target and improve your self-discipline and determination because taking an online course requires a lot of motivation.
4. Less expenses
Online education gives you an opportunity to spend less and save more. Here’s Why? You won’t pay for accommodation as you’ll be at home, no transport fees, cheap tuition fees and selective books to purchase.
5. Variety of courses to study
Majority of students don’t go to classes because of the location, the number of students present and so many other reasons. However, studying online will give you an advantage as you can pick any course to study without having to think of any inadequacies.
My job here is done and I hope this article has changed your mindset about online education. If you have any suggestions or questions to ask, kindly drop them in the comment section below!