It’s the 43rd Day of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Philippines. Since everybody is mostly at home, some private companies are taking this opportunity to reach out to their possible clients.
In the field of education, there are several publishers who gave free online classes and seminars. These are offered to the teachers who are working from home. For teachers with reliable internet connection, this free online course and seminar is a great opportunity for them to work on their professional development. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, some teachers still exert effort on this.
However, as I scroll my newsfeed on Facebook, I realise that there are pros and cons of online seminar given to teachers. Everything is in local context and is based from what I have witnessed for the past weeks.
Pros of Online Seminar
- It is convenient. One can attend a seminar at the comforts of his home. Also, the attendee does not have to travel.
- It is free. That’s it. Everything is accessible online. Materials are given online, too.
- There is immediate feedback from the speaker. They also answer questions during their live discussions.
Cons of Online Seminar
- Learning is not guaranteed because the attendee may be distracted while attending the online seminar. It is not assured whether he is really listening or not. Unless, he is very dedicated even no one is supervising him. (Who knows?)
- Is there really free online seminar? Some facilitators of online seminar do not give the digital certificate to their attendees. Since it is free, some courses online (in the PH context), take time to provide feedback to their learners.
- Lastly, it is easy to procrastinate especially nobody will supervise your progress. Only deadlines are given. Hence, it is quite challenging for procrastinators.
In my opinion, I still prefer the traditional seminars for teachers. I can be more attentive while I listen. I feel the sense of responsibility since I exerted time and money to attend that seminar. Still, since there is a COVID 19 crisis, this is not applicable to all. Maybe, I will try to look for more courses that will suit my learning style.
Share your thoughts, friends. What do you think? :>