Online education: Gives stress but costs less, makes stakeholders tech-savvy

Mothers, teachers and school principals take part in discussion

Pratyoosh VatsalaUpdated: Tuesday, June 01, 2021, 10:17 PM IST
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Indore: Mothers, teachers and school principals wonder about the effects of online education on student’s personality and discussed various aspects of it in an online discussion.

According to a study conducted in June 2020, 75% of college students reported feeling more anxious or stressed due to online learning. Now, with only 4% of colleges fully reopening their doors to in-person instruction for fall semester, online school has made this emotional stress the norm for most students.

School principals of various private schools including Shyam Agarwal, Renu Gurnani, and Prachi Garg cited advantage of online learning as reduced financial costs and technological development of the child.

Apart from these, teachers and parents associated with prestigious schools and coaching institutes in many cities of the country will also participate.

Rachna Nayak, Kanika Narang, Archana Jain, Vinita Sharma, Anjali Srivastava, Sonal Gupta, Meenal Gawlani and Anamika Asthana were other school teachers and parents who raised various other debatable points.

Some highlights from the discussion are:

· Online education is far more affordable as compared to physical learning. This is because online learning eliminates the cost points of student transportation, student meals, and most importantly, real estate.

· Online learning offers teachers an efficient way to deliver lessons to students. Online learning has a number of tools such as videos, PDFs, podcasts, and teachers can use all these tools as part of their lesson plans.

· For many students, one of the biggest challenges of online learning is the struggle with focusing on the screen for long periods of time. With online learning, there is also a greater chance for students to be easily distracted by social media or other sites.

· Students can learn a lot from being in the company of their peers. However, in an online class, there are minimal physical interactions between students and teachers. This often results in a sense of isolation for the students.

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