Education in the 21st Century
Negatives for students in online learning
There are negatives associated with online learning which affect the students and may cause an inhibition of the learning process. Poorer families may struggle to keep up with the advancing technology and some students may not have easy access to digital resources, causing a potential division in the class. For example, they may only be able to access digital resources at school or a library. This is not the easy access envisioned where students would have access to a wide range of resources from their own home. This creates a potential division between students, as poorer students are not able to keep up with the advancements in the same way as more affluent families [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20899109]. To prevent this, more support should be given to those without access to prevent a disparity in resources between students.
With the current trend in technology and the enablement of online learning as a viable option, students may not have to attend class physically. This may be problematic for students in general, due to the nature of online teaching not enabling social interactions between students which would have been available through physical attendance. If a whole curriculum was available online, not requiring attendance by students, this could severely impact their social skills and inhibit them in later life. Social interaction is one of the key skills which is gained through attendance at school, to prevent this may damage students’ growth. Digital learning encourages greater mobility of students, this could lead to schools moving on troublesome students [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11699382]. Another potential pitfall for online learning is the support available to those who are struggling. In an online environment it may be more difficult for teachers to tell whether a student is struggling. This could lead to students feeling isolated and alone [http://www.itworld.com/article/2784923/careers/e-learning-isolation.html]. To avoid this there needs to be a balance between teacher interaction and the use of online resources. Achieving this balance ensures that the optimum teaching environment is created to nurture and advance a student’s learning.