Online learning provides an equal and accessible platform for students to receive an education. The covid-19 necessitated digitization for the educational sector. As there is uncertainty about when the institutions can resume classes at a normal capacity, online learning became the only solution. Online learning opened an ocean of opportunities for students. Reputed institutions of urban areas offering higher education courses are now accessible to students in distant areas. Online education bridged the disparity between these classes. With a single click, students can enter their classrooms and enroll on their favorite courses.
When it comes to the students of rural areas they are getting enough chances to explore. Students started to learn new courses. Their skills in handling electronic devices have improved a lot. Some courses that were available only in urban areas are now available to students in rural areas. They can avail themselves of the learning opportunities along with their urban counterparts. Also, one of the challenges faced by students in rural areas was the physical attendance that they miss due to various reasons. Natural calamities are one of the reasons. So with the arrival of online learning, they will not miss the class. They can attend classes online from their houses with comfort and safety. The standard of living also improved to an extent with the arrival of online education in rural areas. As the students in rural areas are too shy for interaction, tutors can help such students by finding out their weaker areas. AI-assisted personalized learning can play a crucial role during these times.
Online learning provides lots of benefits to students. Still, there are lots of challenges faced by students in rural areas. There is still a long way to go. It’s a dubious matter whether all are benefited from the online learning system? Definitely no! The lack of availability of electronic devices is one of the reasons. The price of devices is not affordable to all. Low-income families cannot afford devices at huge prices. Service centers of such devices are also an issue. Gadgets repairing centers are situated only in urban areas. Students may lose classes during these times.
Still many can only dream of speed net connectivity. Rural areas lack internet speed. Students cannot get classes without buffering. Mobile towers range is available only at particular spots. The language barrier is also another challenge.
So to curb these problems the government should take initiative. They should invest to make the internet available in rural areas at a low cost. Installation of mobile towers should be done in rural areas to improve connectivity. Offline functioning online classes setup should be developed for students in rural areas so that they can attend classes in their comfort zone. Government should ensure that electronic device services are available in rural areas too. They should also take necessary steps to provide training for students in rural areas to handle electronic gadgets appropriately. This is an opportunity for students in rural areas with intelligence and ambition that can make their careers fruitful with the help of online learning.
Even though the post covid world will no longer depend on online education, online learning has created a digital revolution. The digital literacy rate graph has shown a tremendous rise.