Millions of people all over the world today are towing the path of the new normal; E-Learning. Learning online is prevalent in society today not just because of the pandemic, but also because of its flexibility, accessibility, and lower cost.
Although there have been concerns as to how pervasive the benefits of Online education are and if it is for everybody. Interestingly, there is no race, gender, or age limitations for online learning as anyone with internet access can take up a course at their own convenience.
However, the drawbacks of E-learning are so numerous that not everyone who takes up an online course completes it, not everyone who completes it satisfactorily, and even worse, not everyone is able to take up an online course.
At a time when one of the biggest challenges of learning is staying focused without getting distracted by social media or other fascinating content on TV, it takes self-discipline, self-motivation, and time management skill, to scale the hurdles that come with E-learning. And with over 31 million computer illiterates in the United States, you might want to add digital literacy to that list.
Also, a sound mental health is very instrumental to the success of online learners as they tend to develop a sense of social isolation which can, in turn, lead to anxiety, depression, and negative thoughts.
Online education has helped in reskilling and upskilling a lot of people all over the world, but it is imperative to note that it is not a satisfying experience for everyone, so there is a need to understand what works for everyone to be able to meet their learning needs adequately.