Benefits And Drawbacks Of Online Learning
Posted on 2020-11-26 | Posted
It’s 2020, and thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a massive uptick in the number of students pursuing online learning. Online education has been a fast-growing industry for a while now. However, 2020 has forced it to mature in quick time.
Not to be left behind, online Quran academies have followed suit. However, the reality is that there was already a substantial presence of online Quran academies before 2020. In the last few years, there has been a sudden jump in the number of students pursuing online Quran learning.
The Quran has always been the focal point of Muslims’ lives. It has immense importance for people who wish to obey Allah and His Prophet (PBUH). Muhammad (PBUH) said that the best of Muslims are those who learn and teach the Quran.
Gaining knowledge is essential for every human being. For Muslims, that applies doubly. Allah says in the Quran that only those with knowledge fear Him. We see this in everyday life where Muslims have little education about Islam, and they freely defy Allah’s commands, often out of ignorance.
In this article, we will explore some of the reasons why you should study at an online Quran academy like QuranForKids. We’ll take a deep dive into the benefits and drawbacks of online learning so that you can decide if it’s suitable for you.
Online learning is flexible and convenient
This is one of the most significant benefits of online education. It’s suitable for everyone. Our online Quran courses are ideal for kids and adults alike. While we don’t know precisely what your situation might be, we do know that you can fit in Quran learning into almost any schedule.
Children may be busy with school during the mornings and extracurricular activities in the afternoon. Perhaps they need flexible timings to keep up with their school work, etc. That’s of no consequence with online classes. You simply choose your preferred timing.
On the other hand, adults might have a hectic work schedule. You may have commitments throughout the day. No matter if you want to take courses late at night or in the early morning before work, it’s all possible according to your needs.
Online Quran learning is an industry with students all over the world. Hence, teachers are available at almost any time of the day. With students ranging from the USA and the UK to countries in East Asia, you can be sure that we have you covered.
You study in a comfortable environment
With no need to go anywhere, you can study at your leisure. For an adult, this means that they don’t need to worry about the usual classroom-style decorum or outfits. All you need is a good internet connection and preferably a quiet room, and you’re good to go.
However, parents should monitor their children. There’s a fine line between being in a comfortable environment versus being non-serious and lax about studies. With online Quran learning, this is especially important since the topic is sensitive and serious.
Tutors are comfortable with online learning
When you study via the internet, then you’ll get to see that teachers have slightly different methods. Most online Quran tutors do an excellent job of keeping children engaged during classes. It’s not all serious and strict; the atmosphere is one that’s conducive to learning.
Direct student-teacher classes are the best for quick learning. They are especially beneficial for the student since all those focus of the class is on one learner alone. With teachers that are used to online learning methods, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the experience.
Online learning requires little time investment
Since you study from your home via the internet, you save lots of time (and money) on things like transit. Going to and returning from a faraway institution can waste hours of one’s time. Time is very valuable and precious.
With learning the Quran, you also don’t need to put in a lot of time unless you’re memorizing it. You may need to occasionally revise what you learned, but besides that, you’ll find that there’s not a lot of extra work besides the time you spend with your tutor during a lesson.
Learn at the speed that suits you
With online learning, you don’t have to adhere to any expectations as you would in a class. Depending upon your routine, choose how many days per week you’d like to study. If you’re a busy student or you’re employed, you can even opt to study on weekends only.
All students have their own methods and ideal speed. Even during the classes, you can make progress according to your preferred pace. If you want to study less someday, you can do so. There is no such thing as falling behind. Chill and take it easy according to what works for you.
Online learning helps you to develop skills
When you study online, you must learn how to use a smart device or a computer. You also need to be computer literate. With more and more computer skills required in the world, this is an excellent opportunity for you or your kid to improve if you don’t already have the skills.
Online learning helps you to understand how to use 21st-century learning methods. You also learn how to handle applications on your system, which can come in handy in the future. This is a ‘digital skillset’ that is very important in the technological age.
Wide range of resources
For basic Quran learning, this isn’t a huge factor. But as you move to the more complicated aspects of learning the Quran, this is a huge benefit. You don’t have to go searching for hard-to-find texts and materials. Instead, it’s almost always available in front of you.
You’ll find that many websites have a ton of resources to help you out. For example, when it comes to understanding the Quran, several types of Tafseers are available on the internet. To get a hard copy, you’d have to build a mini-library at home.
Online learning instills discipline in you
If you’re studying online, then you need to be responsible. While some may call this a drawback, I think it’s a plus. Discipline is an integral part of any person’s life, child or adult. Online classes ensure that you maintain a certain level of discipline, which is especially useful for kids.
You need to have discipline with time. Once you’ve chosen your preferred time, stick to that, and don’t keep your teacher waiting. You also need to motivate yourself and ensure that you keep progressing. The teacher can’t do everything and, therefore, you’ll need to put in some effort as well.
Affordability is a major factor
Due to the competitive nature of the online Quran learning market, prices are affordable for most people, especially in Western countries. All this combines with good quality teachers. You don’t make any compromise, and you get high-level learning at a reasonable price.
QuranForKids offers a base program of 2 days a week at a modest price. With only a slight increase after that, you can increase it to 3-4 days a week. If you want the maximum, then you can go for the full 5 classes per week option, which ensures 20 lessons per month.
There’s no aspect of lack of security
Online learning ensures that you don’t have to worry about things such as safety. For parents, this is often a significant concern, especially with Quran tutors. Some tutors tend to be heavy-handed, and they can shout at the child, or even hit them to try and coerce them.
Obviously, with online classes, this aspect is completely thrown out of the window. Classes are entirely safe and secure. Additionally, our teachers are heavily vetted before being hired. We don’t compromise on their quality whatsoever.
Online learning is impossible without technology
If you want to learn the Quran online, it’s completely reliant on the availability of technology at your home. We have power and internet backups that help in unexpected situations. However, if you face a power breakdown with no backup, you’ll encounter problems.
If your computer or smart device stops functioning, then you’ll have to halt classes altogether until you can get your device repaired. This can be very frustrating, mainly if someone isn’t used to relying on technology for such matters. For someone who doesn’t have access to technology altogether, classes are impossible.
You need to show great discipline
While the aspect of comfort is there, you also need to be careful to ensure that you get maximum benefits with online learning. If you’re going to be studying while you’re half asleep, or you’re in a noisy environment, that may not be conducive to learning.
If it’s your child who is studying online, then you need to pay even more attention. You don’t want your child to be studying in bed or while watching TV. Make sure that you set up a desk or a quiet room. Hence, the child can focus and study in peace and quiet without interruptions.
The authentic Islamic learning experience is missed
There is something special about going to learn the Quran at a place exclusively for that. Mosques are especially good options for Quran learning. However, with online learning, all that is bypassed, and you have only your computer for company.
When you go to a mosque, you get a reward for each step you take. A mosque or Quran institution also has a quiet and somber atmosphere that is ideal for serious tasks. That’s something that you’ll need to try and replicate in your home by focusing on your environment.
It’s easy to lose focus and interest
While this shouldn’t be in consideration due to the importance of learning the Quran, it’s a fact, especially with younger students. Kids thrive off social interactions and competing with each other. Without others like them nearby, a child on his own may lose interest.
The best way to avoid this is if the parents ensure they are involved in the process. They can become actively engaged by offering gifts, etc. If you have more than one child, then try to include them both in the activity so that each has a companion.
Learning the Quran online is an excellent option for almost any student around the world. This is especially the case if you’re in a western country with few Islamic facilities or Muslims around you. You’re just a few steps away from starting…
At QuranForKids, we have courses tailored for students of all levels. For young learners and beginners, the simple Quran reading course is a great option. If you want to include some more specific Islamic education, the basic course informs you about the five pillars and some essential duas.
For students who may already know how to read the Quran, we have the Tajweed course that will help them to perfect their recitation. And that’s not all, don’t forget Quran memorization. This course is in high demand for kids with Muslims as always being inclined toward this noble deed.
Still, that’s not all. You need to understand the Quran, as well. If you’re not familiar with Arabic, then you’ll need to learn via the translation. We recommend learning Arabic, but still, you can opt for the Quran translation course. Understanding the Quran and implementing what you learn is arguable more important than simply reading the Quran, so keep that in mind.
All in all, learning the Quran online is an excellent option for most students around the world. You can fulfill your obligation to Allah from the comfort and safety of your home. All you need is a little time investment along with a good internet connection.
At QuranForKids, we value our new customers a lot. That is why we’re offering a free one-week trial for newly registered students. You’ll get to see how we function, and you can attain peace of mind by doing so. So what are you waiting for? Register today and get started!