Imagine that you are doing a project on disadvantages of online education considered by students in Zetland. You have found some data on the subject – the results of the opinion polls (see the table below).
Comment on the data in the table and give your opinion on the subject of the project.
The opinion poll question:
What do you consider the main disadvantage of online learning? Choose one:
Disadvantages of online education
Number of respondents (%)
Distractions at home
Decrease in study motivation
Limited to certain disciplines
Connectivity problems (Internet quality)
Write 200-250 words.
Use the following plan:
– make an opening statement on the subject of the project;
– select and report 2–3 facts;
– make 1–2 comparisons where relevant and give your comments;
– outline a problem faced by a student in e-learning and suggest a way of solving it;
– conclude by giving and explaining your opinion on the role of online education in students’ lives.
Health issues: it is unhealthy to sit for hours in front of a computer screen/ looking at the screen for too long can damage students’ eyesight/ back problems due to incorrect sitting positions may arise (computer-related back issues).
It is suggested that people take frequent short breaks and go for a walk, or do stretching exercises at their desks.
It is advisable to get technical support for the issues related to software and tools for effective e-learning.
Adaptability struggle/ Students with a “traditional” mindset find it difficult to adapt to computer-based training in a virtual classroom.
Personalised courses can be provided to identify learners’ weaknesses and strengths for better learning outcomes.
A regular schedule planner may be a significant help to e-learners, as they could even set reminders for their courses and assignments.
Try to avoid distractions that can affect your online learning.
Create to-do lists.
Try to break down large activities into smaller ones for better learning outcomes.
Seek help from your parents so that you will not miss out on learning and at the same time work will be done.
Only a positive attitude will help overcome the challenges in e-learning.
Inform your parents and friends about the time of online learning so that there will be no distractions from their side.
Restrict the study area for others to come during live sessions and video calls.