The digital revolution affects education, changing the whole learning process in so many ways. The word "e-learning" doesn't sound unfamiliar to many of us these days. But is e-learning as effective as it seems? Or it cannot replace classical education? Today I'd like to talk about some drawbacks of e-learning.

E-learning depends on technology a lot.

E-learning might look like a learning tool available to anyone, but not all people have stable internet access and computers that are powerful enough to support online streaming, for example.

Sometimes, there are lots of technical problems that interrupt the learning process.

E-learning lacks face to face communication

Developing the communicational skills for the students is often neglected during online lessons. Due to the lack of face-to-face communication between peers, students and teachers in an online setting, the students might find that they are unable to work effectively in a team setting. Moreover, if there is no discussion between students, they will think only in one direction. They will not able to know what other people feel at the same topic and compare their views.

E-learning requires strong self-motivation and time management skills

In traditional classrooms, numerous factors constantly push students towards their learning goals. Face-to-face communication with professors, peer-to-peer activities, and strict schedules keep the students from falling off track during their studies.

In an online learning environment, however, there are fewer external factors that push the students to perform well. Therefore, keeping up with regular deadlines during online studies can become difficult for those students who lack strong self-motivation and time management skills.

No practical work

The problem is that a large portion of E- focuses largely on developing theoretical knowledge, rather than practical skills. The reason for this is obvious – theoretical lectures are considerably easier to implement in an online learning environment than practical lectures. Some subjects require practical sessions for students to apply their knowledge in the practical world, which is impossible in the case of e-learning. This is a great drawback.

E-learning may have a few drawbacks but these drawbacks can easily be handled. Moreover, just because of a few disadvantages, the many benefits online learning offers certainly cannot be overlooked.


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