The buzz around online classes

By Mr. Abhinav

Podcast by Mr. Sumangal Haldar

You can listen to the article here or read the transcript below…

On-line classes have been the talk of the town for quite a long time now. With the pandemic striking over, almost every single university and school, worldwide have resorted to this medium for imparting education and dissemination lectures to their students. I am a student of grade twelfth and today I will be sharing my opinion with you all about it from my experiences as a student.

I, personally, am not a very big fan of online classes.  It could be the worst possible thing that has ever happened. There are many reasons why I do not like on-line classes:

i) They are just too boring.  With no physical classes, there is a lost connection between the teacher-student and the fellow students. You just have to sit in front of a screen for hours and listen to your teacher speaking. Being a social creature you just can’t build the connection which one needs while learning. This connection and camaraderie is created easily in the physical mode of teaching.

ii) They serve of much less purpose. Online classes are not devoid of the n-number of distractions that one can have while attending remotely. They serve useful to only those children who are too much focussed. In my opinion such species of students is quite rare to find.

iii) Poor connectivity of internet at either the teacher’s/student’s end can be irritating sometimes. One may feel like throwing out that piece of device when it doesn’t provide with proper connectivity. While on paper syllabus may seemingly complete, the actual learning and grasping objective of students fails to meet the desired end.

iv) They are not very healthy with you and come with a set of health implications. Continued use of devices for attending classes can be unhealthy for eyes. 

While it’s my personal opinion of not backing online classes, there are advocates of online classes too because of their positive side. The advocates may say that a child may get greater exposure to technology based learning through online classes; commuting time of students may come down leading to greater learning time. My aversion is taking into consideration an average student, as you can’t expect from an average student to:

1) Reply every time a teacher asks something: There are students who on the pretext of network problem escape testing situations.

2) Utilise the time he saved by sitting at home: While ideally time saved from commuting should have been utilized by students in learning, but it can’t be standardized for all students.

3) Complete assignments when he knows nobody is there to check.

So yes, I think online classes should be converted to physical ones as soon as possible. I would like to thank Genesis webzine for giving me this opportunity of presenting my views on such a critical topic. Best wishes to it for producing engaging content for its readers.

The author is a student of Class 12th from Mumbai

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