Warren Buffett once said, “When something bad happens you have 3 choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.” Globally, educationists, undaunted by the COVID pandemic crisis, have sought to strengthen and sustain the schooling system by switching over to online education.
Technology will not replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational.
This is precisely what is happening through online education. The benefits of the classroom have now been brought to the comfortable confines of our houses, thus paving the way for an equally effective teaching-learning process as before.
The comfort and flexibility offered by online education have made it as effective as on-campus learning.
This is especially true for high schoolers who have hectic work and co-curricular schedules—waking up as early as a lark, commuting to one class or another to prepare for competitive exams, then going off to school for the better part of the day, followed by more classes in the evening. This strict routine was physically tiring and stressful for the students and the parents chauffeuring them in the peak hour traffic and inclement weather. Now, with the onset of online classes, it's as simple as switching on your laptop and Wi-Fi and you're in your class seated on your own comfortable chair in the safe confines of your house!
Reduction of physical exhaustion and absence of commuting stress has increased the attention span and productivity of the students, thus making online classes have an edge over the traditional method of education in the present scenario.
In a nutshell, I believe that online learning has indeed become as effective as in person learning.