Positive and negative sides of online education

New perspectives

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us change some of our most basic, daily tasks in order to continue to function as a society. Jobs that normally were done in person are now being done online; we avoid the crowding of supermarkets and restaurants for the safety of delivery and homemade cooking, and face-to-face conversations have been transferred to our phones and computers.

Education is the one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed. Primary and secondary students alike have forgone live classes for videoconferencing and emailing. And advanced online schooling, once considered a niche area, is now becoming a much more appealing option for university and post-graduate students around the world.

Online education is mostly practiced by those who:

  • need flexibility in their work
  • are looking to continue their current jobs
  • have families and children
  • want an internationally recognized degree without having to relocate

Positive sides of online learning

Collaboration and community are important parts of the learning process. A solid, defined community within an online course gives students access to:

Well defined opportunities to work with other students, and experiment with different projects
Meaningful improvements in collaboration skills, especially in the context of an international cohort and using online tools
The ability to have personal discussions with teachers, in order to better understand and explore subjects
Interaction with other students and ideas on how to juggle timetables with work and family, searching for career opportunities, and progress support throughout the course.

Other positive sides on online education are:

It provides high-quality content while remaining cheaper. High-quality online content is able to maintain the most impactful elements of in-person courses and offer them in its online instruction. Quality content utilizes state-of-the-art tools and techniques to create unique material specific to online learners. A personal program costs much more than its online equivalent.
Online learning is more approachable. Indeed, you have the opportunity to learn at (almost) any time you want, at your own pace and anywhere you want.
Distance education can improve your career opportunities. Even while working full-time, you can sign up and complete an online program that can further your career opportunities.
Online learning can improve your technical skills – To attend an online course, you need to have some technical pre-knowledge because you have to navigate in different computer programs. The computer skills you learn to finish your online course help you in all your future journey.

Negative sides of online learning

Although the concept of online schooling is the first choice for many, it's a fact that has negative sides as well.

Some online courses can be lonely. For example, some of them don’t provide the same level of interaction as in-person courses would. Interaction is usually not a real-time process. Unless constant communication is enabled, questions for the teacher must be submitted online, with answers typically received after the course.

Online education requires more work – Since schools that offer online courses know they cannot follow their students effectively, they assign more tasks and assignments. This can be a big challenge for students that work full-time.
Access to useful materials and support can be harder. Sometimes can be a problem to access content since all of the material is uploaded onto a single server for the student’s open access.
Online education requires proactiveness – When you are in a classroom, you need to follow rules and regulations. Without a defined class schedule, it can be easy to lose focus and not devote the necessary time to course work.
Although there are online schools that are able to address these issues, it’s important to detailly review an online program’s content to decide whether or not it’s at risk of these downfalls.


How does Adobe Connect support online learning?

Adobe Connect allows you to create custom learning experiences that engage learners through interactivity and collaboration.
Adobe Connect Training provides a complete solution for rapid training and mobile learning, enabling rapid deployment of training accessible from anywhere, anytime, on virtually any device; leveraging industry-leading content authoring tools, rich learner registration capabilities, and powerful learner management and tracking tools.
Choosing Adobe Connect helps you deliver immersive live virtual classroom experiences. It helps you have consistent and repeatable content. Support blended learning with synchronous and asynchronous content and provides you to create and deploy engaging on-demand learning content.

Use Adobe Connect for your online training. Start your free trial and discover all the possibilities it provides. Deliver the best virtual experience to your participants.


NOTE:  Connect Innovation is focused on supporting companies and organizations from various market segments and driving the most ideal outcomes by increasing the communication and collaboration with their employees and clients with Adobe Connect.

Connect Innovation is a leading provider of Adobe Connect for web meetings, webinars, and e-learning in the Nordic area. It provides online courses for each and any kind of user of Adobe Connect, no matter if you are experienced, or just started to use Adobe Connect. Our courses are available in all Nordic languages and English language as well.

Other than that, Connect Innovation organizes great webinars where you can get familiarized with the software, learn new skills or be up to date with the software updates.

You can check our courses here, and our webinars and blogs here.
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