The Covid-19 Virus, or also known as the Corona Virus, has pretty much been the main topic of conversation for the year 2020. The virus has spread and infected thousands of people living in various parts of the world. It has also canceled many events and activities, such as the cancellation of the HITC concert in Jakarta, postponed many sporting events, and many more. These cancellations are done to limit the spread of the virus. This has also affected many schools and universities, where they join the protocol of the world. Therefore, the students are forced to stay at home in order to eliminate the chance of more people getting infected. In today’s technology, we are now provided with the alternative to study wherever we are. Many schools and universities are now providing online classes or courses that would allow the students to study, even in the midst of a crisis such as this one. However, there are some things that you might or might not know about virtual education. What benefits or drawbacks does this type of learning bring to society?
Before we go further, let us discuss the benefits of having online schools. By having an online course, students will have the opportunity and be given access to information at any time. Therefore, students are not limited to receive education from their teachers and from books. This creates and shapes students to be more creative and also proactive in terms of how they study as it allows them to have access to even more information. Secondly, it can be said that with the availability of online classes/courses, students can now work from the comfort of their own home. They will not have to spend time getting ready to go to school. They now can use the time to have more rest or use the time to prepare themselves, rather than using that time busy going to school. Therefore, we could say that the alternative in having online classes is less time-consuming. Finally, by having online classes, this eliminates the excuse of not being able to get an education, as they are being taught online.
However, we also have to argue the efficiency and negative impacts virtual education could bring to the parties involved (students, teachers, and society). Although it is said that through online classes, students will have the time to be more flexible and versatile, but the flexibility could also be used as leisure or not focusing on what they are meant to be doing. They could be doing things that are not related to what they are supposed to. Overall, this consequence leads to the next argument of the negative impacts of virtual education, and that teachers lose full control of their students. If teachers teach virtually, they do not have face-to-face interaction with the students. Meaning that they could not fully monitor their students and can simply assess them through their tasks or tests, which only show their results, and not necessarily their efforts.
Overall, the purpose and objective of having an alternative of virtual/online classes are good, but we also need to consider whether or not it will backfire. Although the concept of “studying everything, and anywhere” is available, there are likely negative situations that would arise from this concept. Although having a virtual education system is unlikely and would be very detrimental, it is overall better to implement some of the virtual/online systems like we are doing today. For example, online homework, or submit a paper through a certain online platform, etc. However, the Covid-19 Virus that is spreading like fire forced the total and complete virtual education. Therefore, for myself personally, having a place where the students have face-to-face interaction with their friends and teachers is the better option for today. With unpredictable issues such as the virus, and the technology that continues to evolve, who knows what might happen tomorrow?
Written by: Mikhail Burman