The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the teaching of students in the form of remote education.
Is remote education a necessary evil when the situation forces us to do so? Or should we look at it with a more benign eye?
Modern technology and the development of the Internet mean that we can learn anywhere and anytime. The advantage of online learning is that students can participate in learning activities from anywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live or how far you have to travel to school. As long as you have access to the internet, you can learn or you can teach others.
Remote learning saves time and money – students do not have to commute to universities or worry about renting a flat. Parents who are raising children can supplement their education.
Remote teaching also means access to a lot of teaching materials, the possibility of easy communication between teachers and students. It also means greater flexibility in lesson planning.
Students with disabilities, who may find it difficult to access traditional schools, can have the chance to gain the knowledge they need through remote learning.
You can log on to the remote learning platform at any time using your laptop or smartphone, where teaching materials are placed.
Remote learning is certainly not for everyone – it can be difficult for students who need face-to-face interaction with teachers and other students. In some situations, it prevents learners from participating in practical exercises and experiences. However, in these situations it should not be abandoned as it can be a great complement to traditional methods.
It requires the availability of equipment and technology, but examples from many countries show that this should not be an obstacle, but a challenge for the state, which should take remote education for granted and should allocate appropriate funding for its development.