There are many good reasons why people choose to take an online course, however, there are disadvantages as well. This article is going to take a closer look at a few of those disadvantages.
*Limited assistance. It is true that most online courses have some sort of tutoring or help desk. This is a good thing, however, it cannot take the place of sitting down with an instructor and getting help. With a help desk, if you have a question, you have to submit an online request and then wait for a response. In a classroom you do not have to wait, you can ask questions and speak with an instructor immediately.
*Limited social setting. Online courses only offer chat as a way to communicate with instructors and classmates. Online chat just is not the same as being able to look at the person sitting next to you and ask a question or make a comment. The online chat feature can even be a little bit of a nuisance for people who cannot type fast. If you are a slow typist, that can hinder asking or answering questions during your online class.
*The internet goes out. Whether you have an overdue bill or a power outage, if you lose your internet connection, it puts a damper on your studies. If you have an overdue bill and it takes you awhile to get it paid off, your studies will suffer for it. It is also possible to get a virus in your computer, making it impossible to login to your online course.
These are just a few examples of disadvantages of taking an online course. There may be more based on individual situations. Other disadvantages could include: distractions in or around your home. Things like people watching television or talking while you are in your online class. Pets can be a distraction as well as children. Sometimes taking an online course can be more challenging than brick and mortar classroom study. Cars driving by outside, dogs barking, road construction, neighbors dropping by all can become possible distractions.
For some people, it may actually be hard to concentrate even if they do not have any outside distractions. For these people, being in a relaxed environment at home can make it difficult to stay on task. The big disadvantage for these people is the lack of classroom structure.
Before enrolling in an online course, consider all the pros and cons first.