6 Challenges of Perusing an Online degree

While online degrees are changing the way education system has traditionally functioned and is gaining immense popularity masses. With all its benefits in regards to flexibility of time and location along with lower cost providing an opportunity of education to many aspiring learners, it’s not a full proof system in its present format. Some of the significant challenges faced are as follows.

  1. Lower Student –Teacher/student interaction – The student and teacher never meet in this format and other than knowledge provided through the videos/materials the student misses the knowledge transfer from active discussions amidst peers and with the faculties. These are a mandatory part of any education system as. Statistically graduates have agreed that there are a significant knowledge and skill, esp. soft skill transfer from peers.
  2. Lack of feedback – The feedback, in this case, is not instantaneous and often has a considerable lack as the replying authority is not available at all times. This slows down the learning process. Further adding to the issue is the fact is that the significant number of course takers often makes it impossible for the faculty to reply to all.
  3. Lack of networking opportunity – There are a significant bonding and networking that happens in those organisations due to opportunities provided by seminars, lectures and other activities which are a significant drawback of this system.
  4. Lack of Credibility– Many organisations still don’t recognise the Distance? Online degrees and hence put an impending issue on their credibility. While this scenario is changing but until it changes it still is a significant challenge for students and degree providers.
  5. Lack of Infrastructure– The infrastructure and the facilities provide an environment that makes learning more comfortable and fun. The lack of such an atmosphere can severely decrease the interest and motivation required to peruse challenging courses. These stop the students from gaining significant skills and experiences needed in professional life.
  6. Lack of exposure to other co-curricular activities– Education is not only the subject knowledge but a process to grow and holistically develop a human. A student involves himself in many events like clubs, fests, experiments, projects and even small exposures that enable him to evolve into a professional while learning and honing his skills by trial and error in a controlled atmosphere. These places and people are designed to help the students err and learn from them in this nursery. These small but high impact things define the student as a human in the latter part of his life. This part is profoundly missed in Online/distance education.

While online degrees have their benefits in reach, cost and flexibility there is a lot of scopes for improvement to provide a holistic experience to students.

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