By evanmurray
3 years ago

Pros and Cons of Distance Education

In recent months, many schools have been closed temporarily to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and faculty, but teaching has not ceased completely. Pedagogical continuity was ensured by teachers confined to their homes for students at home. French schools have temporarily adapted to overcome the shock of the crisis and especially to help students learn from home.

So what did we learn when the schools were closed?

We have learned that distance education has its drawbacks, that digital technology has been a pillar in continuing to ensure student learning and instruction, but also that the classroom remains the ideal place to engage a learner in his apprenticeship.

Learning from home, students suddenly had a lot more responsibility for their own education and isolation that was difficult to overcome. This new sense of student autonomy and motivation enabled them to acquire new skills and encouraged them to play a more active and self-worthy role in the learning process.

As direct communication between pupils and teachers was limited, the importance of independent learning projects became clear. Giving students the opportunity to manage a project and complete it within a set time frame has helped them develop skills that will be essential to them throughout their working lives.

However, the fact that the majority of students learn at home is not ideal for a number of reasons and a number of students Education is a social experience, and the interpersonal skills that students develop are just as important as their academic performance. While technologies such as video conferencing allow some interaction, nothing can replace time spent in class or even playing between classes.

Another major disadvantage of home learning support is its impact on the workload of teachers. Many teachers felt that they had to create new resources for online learning while adapting to the personal situation, which was detrimental to their well-being.

One of the main lessons we can learn from the temporary switch to distance education is the importance of adapting existing resources to new situations. By investing in effective digital solutions, schools can ensure that their teachers have the tools they need to deliver meaningful learning experiences in different situations.

Teachers still need to encourage students to maintain the skills they have acquired by learning at home and continue to offer project-based activities. In this way, students can continue to develop their sense of responsibility and refine their time management and problem solving skills. By trusting their students, teachers can best prepare them for a rapidly changing professional world.

As schools have been closed, the importance of technology has been heightened - but also the importance of the social aspect of education. Relationships between and between students and teachers are at the heart of any education system.