One of the biggest benefits of online learning that I can think of is the fact that students would be able to have online discussions where they are able to read what other’s have posted and put their own thoughts down to share with everyone else. In the classroom it is hard to keep the number of students called on at a number large enough that enough opinions are heard but small enough that there is still time for everything. With Online Learning there is also the benefit of having everything posted online so if a student were sick, for example, they would be able to go to the teacher’s website and look through the readings and get their assignments so that when they feel better, they would not be punished with a bunch of work that needs catching up on. A third benefit I can think of with online learning is that with online classrooms, classroom management goes down so the teacher can actually benefit from more time being able to teach and less time trying to get everyone’s attention.
Some limitations with online learning that I can think of would be in specific classes. The two big classes I can think of are math and science. In the classroom students are able to complete experiments and collaborate with classmates over the results and observations. With online learning the students are either confined to watching
the experiment as a video and never getting to experience it or they have to conduct it at their own house where they might not have all the supplies that a school might have. With math, I know from experience of tutoring a lot of students, there is a big struggle; how are we able to walk a student through a math problem that involves graphing or square roots when those buttons cannot be pushed on the keyboard and just appear.
How do we make sure that all students get equal and adequate support needed to thrive in Online Learning?