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What are the Pros and Cons of eLearning?
Convenience is at the top of the list of reasons why students take eLearning courses. Although assignments usually have submission deadlines, eLearning courses are primarily independent of time and place. Students can access instruction at their convenience, no matter where they live or travel.
Online instruction knows no geographic boundaries. Online courses link students from all over the world. Students can share ideas in a culturally diverse setting with people from different social, economic, and experiential backgrounds. Since its inception in 1999, Revelation Online has linked together high school students across Canada and in England, USA, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Russia, Italy, France, Taiwan, and Germany.
Online courses can provide individualized attention and a depth of interaction from instructors and students not achievable in a large classroom environment. eLearning courses encourage contemplative and reflective learning opportunities. With eLearning, students have time to reflect before responding. The asynchronous communications can eliminate the barriers that inhibit some individuals from expressing themselves in face-to-face settings. Setting aside quiet space and time without interruptions, students concentrate and think about the readings before participating in the discussions.
The online format reduces preconceived notions based on students age, gender, race, background, or level of experience. Through online discussion, students can receive and give valuable feedback to each other and learn from people with a broad array of backgrounds and experience with less judgment than might be found in a face-to-face situation.