Online Learning

5 Disadvantages of Online Learning

Everyone's different. And because we're all such unique individuals, we all have distinct learning methods that best help us forge through our educational pursuits. Some of us learn best through hands-on methods, while others have terrific memories and find that sticking to text books help them best retain the material at hand. If you're going to spend your precious time and hard earned money getting an education, then you're going to want to make sure you learn by the best methods possible. A growing trend for pursuing higher education today is through online learning.

Here are 5 disadvantages of online learning to keep in mind at all times when searching for your potential education institution:

1. Potential for less interaction: While the flexibility of online learning might allow for you to work from home, one disadvantage is the lack of interaction you will get with classmates and your instructor. Online learning limits the amount of public speaking practice you gain from in-class presentations and discussions, something that is naturally built into a traditionally structured class.

2. Access to Professor: Sitting down with an instructor to discuss a topic from class or reasons for a certain grade is difficult to do when you can’t visit them during office hours. True, you can still email or chat online with an instructor for an online course, but there is something to be said for a regular conversation instead of words on a screen.

3. Missing out on non-verbal communication: Non-verbal communication is as important, if not more important than verbal communication, and it’s hard to see non-verbal communication online. Similar to the need for face-to-face conversations with a teacher, non-verbal cues are impossible online, and can be just as communicative as actual words.

4. Potential for fewer networking opportunities: Being a member of college organizations is a good way to network and something you can place on your resume, but your organization options are limited in the online learning environment. While you might have an online discussion board with discussion threads with fellow classmates, you have not placed a name with a face, and you might be from different parts of the state, country, even the world, making networking less likely

5. No facilities: Most traditional colleges offer their students facilities to use such as libraries, gyms, student stores, computer labs, research labs, study areas and more. Online learning can't always provide these helpful tools.

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