The Rogerian strategy is chosen to address the topic as people now feel rather tired of using this educational service. Hence, it is important to demonstrate the relevance and validity of some of their arguments and then provide sound evidence to persuade readers.
Brief Background for the Present-Day Peculiarities of Distant Education
- During the Covid-19 pandemic, the health and safety of learners have become a top priority, with governments advocating for the use of online education.
- Two weeks after it was rolled out, students began complaining about the effectiveness of online education and started protesting against it.
- Students do not understand that distance learning can be effective and indeed boost their academic performance.
Distant Education Has Negative Psychological Effects on Learners: Pathos Behind the Discussion
- The consistent complaints about quota run out, many tasks, and the condition of the Internet network amongst students appeared to be enough to create anxiety amongst learners.
- A study has revealed, carried out at the Mulawarman University in Indonesia by Irawan et al. (2020), that online education had adverse psychological effects on learners.
- The above evidence explains the impacts of persistent complaints on student mental health.
- All these factors make people raise the question of whether distance learning offers any benefits to students.
- Many students and their parents are still unaccustomed and fearful of changing the educational environment or seeing any significant changes at all. These people often appeal to policymakers’ and educators’ empathy and emotions linked to young people’s need to communicate in more conventional ways.
- However, it is important to pay attention to such aspects as the way e-Learning programs have been implemented, and the awareness of the stakeholders of the peculiarities and the outcomes of these programs.
Online Education Improving Academic Performance of Learners: Logos and Ethos to Describe Outcomes
- Distance education can offer multiple opportunities where learners can improve their performance.
- A study that involved K-12 students in Germany found that learners who adopted online education in the wake of the pandemic increased their scores in mathematics (Spitzer & Musslick, 2021).
- The results of the study are further replicated by Clark et al. (2020). The research which was conducted in three middle schools in China, found that online education improved students’ performance considerably.
- Online education grants learners with access to millions of databases for sourcing journals and e-libraries where learners can research learning materials that improve their academic performance.
Availability of Online Libraries, Technological Programs, and Technical Support
- Online learning offers learners varied online venues where there can source learning materials, interact with other students, and seek technical support.
- Research done by Langford and Damşa (2020) in Norway indicates a higher usage of Zoom amongst teachers and learners. The program was found to boost interaction between individuals or groups through video conferencing, improving learning.
- It is crucial if learners stay in touch with their educators and tell them what is happening. Learners need to understand that technological hitches are common and should remain calm as the school’s technical support fixes any issues that arise.
- Students can enjoy quality online education by meeting and posing questions from professionals over videoconferencing without physically meeting them.
When not well-managed, distance learning might psychologically affect learners. However, the benefits of distance education are obvious as it helps students under certain circumstances (pandemic restrictions or students’ health issues) be a part of the educational process in an environment that is no new anymore.
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Langford, M., & Damşa, C. (2020). Online teaching in the time of COVID-19. UiO. Web.
Spitzer, M. W., & Musslick, S. (2021). The academic performance of K-12 students in an online learning environment for mathematics increased during the shutdown of schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. PLOS ONE, 16(8), 1-16. Web.