The corona pandemic has given new dimensions to the online learning and educational classes. Online learning is not a new thing. I remember there was a time when there was no internet and we had seen some advertisements like - Learn English sitting in your home, Learn cooking in fifteen days by correspondence etc. What we had to do was to send the fee by Money Order and they will send the course material one by one in a gap of a week or fortnight and ask us to do practice and go under some self tests given at the end of the course material. Though it was not very common at that time but many people took advantage of that especially the working people who could not afford the regular physical classes. Now, with advent of so much technology in this field the things have become too simpler and it is easy to undertake the courses in online mode. At the same time we have a huge infrastructure and facilities in terms of the institutions, colleges, and schools where physical education is carried out and there is a hiatus now because of the corona threat which is still hanging on our heads. Now we have both the options available once the corona is eradicated and we can go for the online mode or the regular one which ever suits to us.
In physical classes there is always an element of personal touch and the feeling which we get while getting education in physical mode cannot be created while we are online. In online you have all the control on it. You can pause, it stop it, or do not attend it on some pretext and there is no social etiquette or school decorum which will stop you to do so. So the discipline and attentiveness are some of the issues in the online mode. Another thing is in online mode there is a monotony of the activity. In school we had breaks, intervals, playing periods, there is company, there is fun, it is all missing there in the online virtual world. Getting online education
appears to be a robotic exercise.
On the other hand for the people who are employed and working, it is a boon to have online education because they can complete all their earlier dreams in reality by undergoing the particular course they yearned for and waited long for that. It has become relatively cheaper also as there are so many online education entities providing state of art platforms and up to date course material to its students. Interestingly some internet giants for realising their future business propositions are offering some free basic courses to the aspiring people and these courses are tailored so nicely that you feel like sitting in the arena of some paid course only. I have done some such courses and am really impressed by their material and quality.
Online education has greatly helped in reducing the traffic on the roads and earlier during the school timings there was always rush and traffic jam at those spots where a large number of school buses used to stop for facilitating the students. This seems to be a side advantage of the same.
I am sure that even after corona eradication the online education is going to stay there as it has many positive points and depending upon the convenience many of us would choose it as the best option. Only problem is the young students who should not be forced for online education as they have to develop in an overall manner and not only academically and for that what best can be there except a college with academics as well as all the extracurricular activities like NCC, Scouting, NSS, cultural activities, speaking in front of a large audience etc are available.
So, the online education and physical classroom educations have to go hand in hand in the future and depending on one's convenience the people would choose the relevant one out of these two.