Today, the internet is widely regarded as a major bridge linking the small and the big, the possible and impossible, hidden and open and creating extensive possibilities across a wide spectrum. It strategically empowers the small guy to set up home-based business and pose like a giant concern. Even charities organizations are now thriving through the application of Internet resources. In reality, the whole world, on a daily basis, is currently under the spell of phenomenal growth of the Internet. And one of such areas that the Internet has drastically changed forever is EDUCATION – yes, education is now being carried out online and popularly called E-Learning! Unlike in the days of yore, a young man can now stay in the Hinterland of Africa and attend a school in England or Australia without qualms.
However, despite the beautiful advantage of online education painted in the above paragraph, there are raging controversies against it. While others are shouting about which is superior to the other? While this article will not make an armchair judgment on this issue, however, you shall be presented with the facts on the ground.
Facts on the ground
Firstly, realize that online education is being used by both secondary and tertiary students. But due to the fact that secondary students still require adult guidance, E-Learning is not yet as deep at this level as it is for tertiary level. How E-Learning changes the lives of young students worldwide. It’s proven that the majority of secondary students are presently hob-knobbing between classrooms and sitting in front of computers undergoing intense lectures and prep-work with great successes.
Also, E-learning enables young students to sit for international exams and pursue scholarships, while learning foreign languages has become as simple as enrolling for community classes. The only exception is practical and laboratory guidance from teachers at schools. It should also be noted that online education is making it possible for hitherto, rural-based schools to favorably compete in, arm to arm with those in the urban centers. It also allows rural schools to improve academic curriculum to meet international standards. On a general scale, the worry of overcrowded classrooms has become a thing of the past. How? Because a well-laid E-learning program can admit hundreds of students from many countries to access the same course at the same time.
Can online classes ever replace physical classrooms?
From what has been said so far, it is clear that supplanting online education to physical classroom cannot be possible. Just as the Internet can’t supplant our cultural ways of life, but means adding more benefits and opportunities to them. The same way online education has helped the growth of basic classroom education – it is presently widening inherent opportunities of education.