Remote learning isn’t a new concept, though it has grown in popularity due to events caused by COVID-19. Now adults and children alike are more inclined to try remote learning, as it offers a safe and convenient way to study.
As with any form of learning, there are pros and cons. Thankfully, many positive factors help to balance out and negate the majority of concerns. Let’s take a moment to discuss the benefits of remote learning.
Healthy & Safety
Let’s discuss the most obvious benefit first – health. Students who opt for remote learning are significantly less likely to be exposed to various illnesses, including COVID-19. Distance learning allows a child (or adult) to attend classes from the safety of their home.
This has the added benefit of reducing the spread of minor illnesses, such as common colds and the flu. It enables a student to attend their classes while feeling slightly ill without the concern of spreading the illness.
It isn’t uncommon for children to deal with some form of social anxiety. According to Arizona State University, around fifteen million Americans suffer from a social anxiety disorder. However, accommodating these disorders can be challenging in an educational environment, especially for schools already dealing with staffing issues. There are insufficient teachers to allow for smaller (or solo) class sizes.
This is where remote learning comes into play. Remote learning can help reduce social anxiety’s stress, providing space for students. It gives children control over their environments, including deciding who they talk to.
When it comes to remote work and learning, flexibility is key. Distance learning empowers students to establish their own schedules, working at times that work best for their minds. For example, some students learn better in the early morning, while others are slow to wake up, meaning they are at their best in the afternoon.
This flexibility goes beyond scheduling and can even impact pacing. Not all students learn at the same pace, but by obtaining an education through remote learning, one can go at their own pace. In other words, students who need a faster environment can do so, while those who prefer to learn at a slow and steady pace may also do so.