The term e-learning covers a wide set of applications and processes, including computer based learning, web-based learning and mobile learning. The use of computers and the Internet forms the major component of e-learning where learners can access their learning materials online at any place and time. It is a network enabled transfer of skills and knowledge, and the delivery of education is made to a large number of recipients at the same or different times.
With the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and lockdown, e-learning became the go-to-method to ensure that learners are able to access their studies without the need for them to be in the same venue with an educator. Many learners have adapted well to e-learning interventions.
As with most things, it has both benefits and disadvantages. The benefits of e-learning are:
Together with the advantages there are a few disadvantages associated with this method of learning, some of them are:
The pandemic has made it crystal clear that there is an urgent need to spread education across borders, companies and all parts of society. We also need to be aware of the fact that we may not be able to fully return to traditional methods of learning anytime soon. If there is a possibility that e-learning can help us achieve our goals, we must give it a chance. However, it is equally important for the educational fraternity to overcome the challenges impacting e-learning. Whether we like it or not, e-learning is here to stay. Let us make use of it!
This article contains information from https://e-student.org/