Why Online Teaching Works?
For ages we have been seeing that blackboard making notes from it, mugging it up for exams. Then the online revolution happened. Students started attending class online, making notes while sitting in front of the computer. Then there were hundreds of options to study online. The internet and technology enabled us to reach classes with just a click. It is one of the fastest-growing sectors today.
But first, what is online teaching?
Online classes are classes that are conducted where we connect both students and teachers via the internet. Schools use various tools for such classes as google meet, zoom call, WhatsApp also seems to emerge for online classes.
There is no need for a classroom, buildings, all you need is a student and a teacher. A student can choose to learn in their own comfort and time.
Indian School Finance Company has released insights into its ‘e-School Readiness Survey’ conducted with US-based education sector focused impact investor Gray Matters Capital. + More than 72% of the respondents have shown their willingness to explore digital solutions for school continuity. + Over 37% of respondents have already started some sort of remote schooling by sharing educational content via messaging solutions such as WhatsApp. Source — Education World
Now let’s see: How does it work?
In a usual scenario to set up a class, a school would need a student, teacher, classrooms, board, table bench, etc. But here all you need is a phone and internet access. A teacher can build the syllabus instantly as per class and student. Also, regularly conduct the test, interact with parents, share marks and assignments with them.
We usually hear questions like, it is so much different from the usual school, why are schools opting for it? Who wants to study online? And why online is a great substitute for physical school?
Let’s deep dive:
For teachers, the major benefit would set up classes at their convenience. Maybe teachers are occupied in the morning but can carve out time in the afternoon for the class. So, we can fit classes into everyone’s schedule.
Many schools cannot overlook the cost of setting up a physical classroom. In an online class, a school can have access to excellent resources without having to move, thereby saving money by avoiding the building infrastructure plus saving time for the teacher, students and management.
Access to high-quality teachers and classes
Let us say if APJ Abdul Kalam were to teach physics, wouldn’t you be excited!
One of the biggest issues at school faces is getting the right and passionate teachers. Teachers from anywhere around the globe can teach the students without having to travel anywhere, right from where they are, this saves money, more than that, it opens up for school to hire teachers around the world.
Choosing your pace
Each of us learns at a different pace, some are slow, some are fast. With the online classes, teachers can also find who is slow to the race. This also means there are less pressure and less intensity to finish something off at that time.
Online classes let the teacher set their own environment to their own preference. It also becomes easier to stay focused on the subject and the topic. When interactions are online and everyone is listening to the same topic, there are fewer chances of getting deviated.
There is nothing wrong with the traditional schooling system, but when it comes to affordable school, there are some challenges as these are meant for low-income families. For these affordable schools, online classes can open so many closed doors and windows. With this, these kids can have a “normal” good quality education, which everyone deserves no matter where they are and where they come from.