During the Covid-19 lockdown, online education became a focal point. Many countries urged institutions to adapt to this new teaching module in order to ensure that learning continued. Universities were quick to adapt.
According to a study, 99 percent of university students have access to mobile devices, which made it easier for universities to launch the Module on the assumption that students would be able to access the virtual classroom in just a click.
Lower schools, on the other hand, struggled to adjust. In some African countries, for example, the government had to encourage primary and secondary school students to learn through radios, television, newspapers, and sometimes homeschooling because most children did not have mobile devices. This appeared to be a more robust approach of imparting knowledge to the children, but it made no significant difference.
What are the benefits of Online University Education?
1. Ability to join class from anywhere.
Most virtual classrooms are only a click away. There’s no need for students to stroll around wondering which room the lecture will be in. As long as you have a reliable internet connection and a device, you can access the class from anywhere.
2. It is more affordable
Another advantage of online learning is reduced financial costs. Online university education is far more affordable as compared to traditional learning. Some institutions, such as the International University of East Africa (IUEA), offer tuition discounts to all of their online students. On top of that, online learning eliminates the cost points of student transportation to and from campus, meals, and most importantly, accommodations around the University.
3. Self growth
Students who choose to study online normally have to push themselves to study because no lecturer or administration will be chasing them down to class. As a result, they are able to grow in a more relaxed and stress-free environment. Hence, fewer chances of them skipping classes.
4. Gives Room for other duties
The majority of students who attend an online university are engaged. Since online classes can be taken from anywhere, they can continue working without having to request time off or risk losing their job. In some cases, universities allow them to schedule classes at their convenience.
5. Improved Network
Online University Education brings people from all over the world together. This prompts students to broaden and deepen their connection by making friends virtually.
6. Development of new skills.
The fact that online education necessitates familiarisation with certain technological tools and platforms, students can learn new technical skills in the process. The majority of educational institutions use Zoom to conduct their lectures. Prior to Covid-19, most people did not have zoom, skype, or Google Meet, but that is no longer the case. Zoom is now used by at least 80% of online students and lecturers.
7. Time saving
Unlike traditional classes, research shows that students sign in online classes faster. Students and teachers habitually use delays in preparations and, on occasion, traffic as justifications. The beauty of online learning is that you can simply wake up and go to class without having to deal with the hassle of travelling. This, in turn, saves time and reduces lateness.
As much as Online University Education has played a big role to ensure that learning continues, we have also seen its negative aspects. Depending on your location, the module may sometimes not favor you. Many students and teachers express dissatisfaction with the poor internet and lack of electricity in their areas, especially villages.
By: IUEA Connect