Online Learning: Weak Internet Connections and its Consequences

School and college closures have resulted in an almost overnight switch from face-to-face or physical classes to online learning. And in this age of online learning, an area of concern facing students is the lack of high-speed internet to attend lectures and conduct any form of evaluations for effective online learning.

Online Learning market trend

In the past year, virtual learning has grown by leaps and bounds out of necessity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, the global eLearning market was at $101 billion and is now expected to grow exponentially over $370 billion by 2026. Students who started or continued college found themselves navigating a whole new way to learn – from kindergarteners, elementary school students, middle schoolers, and high schoolers alike. It brought a whole slew of new problems with it, the most prominent being the lack of internet connectivity. Let’s take a look at some real-life experiences of teachers and students!

1. When a genius plan is foiled by a bad internet

A fourth grader’s attempt to get out of class impressed his peers. A fourth-grade teacher reported to Reddit that a child incorrectly re-named his screen name as ‘Reconnetcing...’ in an attempt to not participate in the class activities. However, the child’s internet seemed to lag as the screen name was slowly being renamed again while the entire class was engrossed in this child’s mischief.  The entire session was disrupted due to the weak internet accessibility on the child’s end.

2. Missing out on important information

Many students feel like they are falling behind in their online and digital education due to lagging wifi. They find themselves in challenging and stressful circumstances with dreadful thoughts that their grades will suffer deeply and impact their overall result. A student shares his experience that learning online is not a great substitute for in-person sessions. He says that lagging wifi means missing out on chunks of conversation when the internet freezes. As the virtual learning environment is not the same as sitting in a classroom and sharing notes with classmates, the lack of high-speed internet is a matter of concern for students.

3. Revealing TMI over screen share

Whether you are a teacher or a student, many online courses require you to share your computer screen with the rest of the class at some point. Make sure that you delete your search history first, especially if you have done some embarrassing searches lately! After all, if you are asked to search for something during a screen share, you wouldn’t like your search engine to share embarrassing past sites. Imagine, what would happen, if your internet lag causes the screen to freeze right at your previous searches for toe fungus remedies! Would you be able to live with that humiliation?

Adapting to the new normal

It is quite evident that the pandemic has made the incorporation of virtual learning and assessment more pervasive and acceptable in the curriculum. Many students, however, are not equipped with a high internet connection that is required for effective online learning. A high internet connection can play an important role in how quickly students can attend the class and not miss any live sessions.

So, if you need a stronger high-speed internet that works even in dead zones in your house, Sif is the right option for you. Sif is specially designed to provide a more affordable and targeted wifi solution as it aims at extending the internal signal without requiring any additional wiring. What’s more is that Sif devices are optimized to deliver you effective online learning whether through Zoom, Google Classroom, MS Teams, etc and there are many more reasons why you need Sif's Smart Wifi Solution. Whether you need to improve the wifi in dead zone areas in your home or outdoor spots, Sif can do it for you!

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