Will E-learning Replace Teachers?
The rising cost of education, a few thousand seats for lakhs and lakhs of seekers for quality education, these are few of the problems that students are dealing with when it comes to traditional learning.
The inevitable technological change and the growing need for distant learning are moreover acting as a catalyst for the e-learning revolution. Students tend to opt for E-learning as proves to be a much better alternative than traditional learning. It allows them to learn at their own pace from their comfort zone. They don’t have to wait for the teacher to solve their doubts. By sitting in any corner of the world, students can learn anything that is offered via the internet. Students don’t have to sacrifice their college education due to the high fees.
This being the fact, what is the need of teacher when students can find out things on their own? Does this mean we don’t need teachers anymore?
Well, of course we do. Here are few reasons that will convience you why –
#1 Trust Factor
Easy access to the internet might expose students to undesirable content. But in traditional learning, the teacher always makes sure students get information that is appropriate and helpful.
You may think you can rely on technology for your answers but behind the screen, it’s the teacher, who pulls all the information together and organize data so that the person on the other side can learn hustle free.
Even at times, you don’t get the required information; the answers you get are sometimes not relevant. You get answers which are not correct or ethical. It confuses you even more and you end up in a loop of doubts. In such cases, you need a knowledgeable person who can guide us through with their intensive study and research. That knowledgeable person you can rely on is always a teacher.
#3 Personal Attention
In e-learning, students do not socialize. It’s a human-technology interaction. There is no personal attention involved and thus it can lead to a lack of interest in learning. The system doesn’t know if you are able to grasp whatever is been taught but a teacher always knows the student’s strengths and weaknesses hence, they can teach their students accordingly. Teachers always help you, guide you, motivate you, and most importantly, walkthrough with you in difficulties. They’re personally concerned for you.
One- to- one teaching leads to interaction and discussion among the students and teachers. Through such interactions, it helps the students in improving their communication skills. They even get introduced to information that is not in the syllabus but which will help students, overall, in life ahead.
There are chances that the system may crash anytime. You cannot completely depend on technology. Sometimes the internet doesn’t respond or your device may stop working, at that time, it’s the teacher you can count on who is just a call away.
There has to be someone to verify your path. Otherwise, you might be just going in the wrong direction on your own. You can always talk to the teacher about your ambitions and goals. It is important to have someone with whom you can discuss your dreams. Who can be a better guide than a teacher?
E-Learning lacks the constant supervision of a teacher. It is crucial to receive an honest evaluation of personal and academic growth. Personal performance analysis helps you to know your weaknesses and strength so you can work on them accordingly.
Teachers are arguably the most important part of the education system. They give children purpose, set them up, and inspire them to do well and succeed in life. After all, the young generation of today is going to be the leaders of tomorrow, and teachers are that critical point them ready for their future. It is impossible to replace teachers not just with e-learning but with any other method. If anything at all, teachers might have to evolve and embrace this educational reforms.
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