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The Disadvantages of Online Teaching

Our world is becoming in advance that some people cannot handle nowadays. It takes a lot of time to adapt to such changes. We fret sometimes but it is not also beneficial if we tend to stop adjusting oneself from the outcome of modernization. We need to level up oneself in coping with the new things sprouting in our modern environment.

Some people think that teaching online is difficult to do. The mere fact, it wasn’t that hard to think. The reason, we have innate skills that can be transferred to one person to another. It takes all the effort and energy to boost one’s self-esteem. We just need to strengthen the weaknesses in our lives and find ways to polish it.

Online teaching is becoming popular at present. It is the easiest way to gain profit from your knowledge and skills. With the help of modern gadgets, you can convey ideas or thoughts to others. As they said, the internet is the fuel to administer the learning process. It is the core of knowing unfamiliar things. However, there are also disadvantages if you choose to be an online teacher. There is no perfect world for everything and we need to consider the possible flaws in teaching online.

Here are the disadvantages of online teaching:

1. Internet Service Provider

As it was mentioned earlier, the Internet is the fuel of downloading all the information for a virtual teacher. They need to consider having the Internet at high speed. If you had read a company’s requirement for having an Internet speed of at least 1mbps, then you are ready to go in teaching. That’s a big downside for the virtual teachers. The reason, it is not stable in conducting lessons on a daily basis. There is no guarantee that it can sustain the teaching sessions. The ideal speed to teach online should range from 5mbps to 8 Mbps. 

2. Performance Evaluation

Once you had started working in online teaching business, it is not also guaranteed that you are considered the best virtual teacher in the eyes of non-native speaker students. Since the performance is very subjective. In short, we need to be a good performer for the students to attain the highest score from them. In reality, it does affect the number of bookings. If you got a low score evaluation from the virtual students, it is expected that the virtual teacher will have a low volume of virtual students to have class sessions.

3. Student’s Personality

A virtual teacher should be flexible whatever the type of virtual students to be catered during the class session. Since the main performance will depend on the subjective score from the virtual students. It seems unfair, however, that’s the real fact to survive in online teaching. The target market in every business is always right. There are some instances that virtual students will complain without any basis at all. As I mentioned, it is subjective statements from having an attitude problem.

 4. Company’s Rules and Regulations

Don’t be surprised by the random changes in the company’s rules and regulations. It means the company is not ready prior to the operation. The company was so eager to capture the target market and take along the course of modifying the strict rules and regulations while still operating online. In a business context, it is a sign that the company is not stable yet. With this situation, we need to be vigilant and find some backup when things didn’t work out.

5. Availability of Modern Gadgets

For the sake of having the basic requirements to teach online such as headphones, computers, and the internet. Some companies indirectly require the virtual teachers to invest a generator, pocket wifi, smartphone and the like to prevent from being absent due to a power outage. You might not believe it, but it does happen in the world of online teaching.

Despite the disadvantages of teaching online, there are still advantages. It is easy to earn and no need to work with a big boss. The reason, you can manage the time and lectures are being prepared to be executed during the class session. The virtual teacher’s feedback will consume the effort after every class. If we meet the five disadvantages as mentioned above, then there is no need to fret about it.


What do you think?


Written by Steven Gamboa

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  1. i suspect I would probably disagree with some of these.

    if the system is reliant on lecture-based, there are ways to get around lower bandwidth. Videotaping the lecture, and then using a streaming service greatly reduces the impact on required bandwidth.

    Live meetings can be better delivered with the telephone rather than the internet solely.

    there are many things educational systems could do to improve the virtual classroom as well.


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