The Teaching and education industry has seen a paradigm shift in the last few years. With the rise of technology, students can now experience education in multi-media modes. From distance learning programs to free YouTube coaching videos. Education has seen a new wave of trends. Textbooks are soon to become obsolete and tech-based education will soon transform the way schools and universities function all over the world. A student’s entire school curriculum can be accessed by him with his fingertip. While most would feel that e-learning is a much-needed change, it is necessary that we consider the various short-comings of this new trend.
Following are the advantages and disadvantages of video as a medium for coaching:
1) Most flexible medium – Students can attend lectures anytime, anywhere, as many times they wish to and can skip parts they wish to just with a click.
2) Increased attention – Most kids take a delight in watching visual content. Videos have the potential of explaining concepts better than textbooks because it is rich with pictures and not just text heavy.
3) Rich in experience – It’s not just visuals but also sounds which gives students a multi-dimensional experience why learning and helps them understand concepts quicker.
4) Self-study friendly – Not all students enjoy going to classrooms to learn. Classrooms can have more distractions than the space of your home. A student can log-in to watch videos at his own convenience.
1) No scope for clearing doubts – Face-to-face communication is considered more effective than having someone teach you at a distance. A variety of doubts can crop up in the mind of the learner while the video lecture is being played but distance learning doesn’t help with it much.
2) Practice time – In subjects which require students to practice while studying – for example, math’s, video coaching does not help a lot. Unless a student is disciplined and motivated enough to practice on his own after watching the e-tutorial, video classes are of little help.
3) Affordability – In lesser developed countries, not everyone has access to modern technology and internet. In the coming years the situation is likely to change but right now e-learning options are a bit too far-fetched for the underprivileged people who are still waiting to avail the benefits of traditional education.
The above short-comings of current e-learning scenario can be taken as challenges which can be worked on and improved for enhancing the learning experience of students who are willing to take video lessons.