Some universities now offer their courses on the Internet so that people can study online. Is this a positive or negative development?
– from IELTS Simon Website
It is true that students can enrol on online courses offered by most universities nowadays. While there are some drawbacks of online learning, I believe there are far more benefits.
The two main drawbacks of internet-based learning are distractions and less interaction. Students studying at home through online courses might find it hard to pay attention to the class because there are scores of distractions. For example, their parents or roommates may come into the room while they are having the lesson, or the students might do something else through the Net because their teachers cannot see them directly. Furthermore, Students might not have the opportunities to engage with their teachers and classmates face to face and instead have to rely on typing messages into the chatbox. Hence, this might have a negative impact on peer support, discussion and exchange of ideas.
Despite the negatives mentioned above, I would argue that offering online courses is beneficial for various reasons. Firstly, students can attend the class no matter where they are. They do not need to spend a considerable amount of time commuting to school or even rent a flat next to the school. Secondly, those universities can have some extra income from the online courses to invest in education and students’ learning. Finally, students can easily use their laptops or computers to access the information they need through the Internet; hence, they can immediately share what they find with the teacher and classmates.
In conclusion, although I recognise the possible disadvantages of online learning, I consider it to be a positive development overall. (263 words)