Pros and Cons of Online Teaching to environment
Shifting from traditional to online method of teaching has brought many changes.
The pandemic forced the globe to shut down and quarantine one selves and academia started the online method of teaching to cope with the situation. In the process, the following changes have occurred in resource use and in the environment:
The resources used for teaching and imparting knowledge has been totally changed. Before online classes, academia made more use of resources like chalkboards, papers, pen, pads et cetera… all of which has been replaced by electronic mediums like phones, computers, laptops and other electronic devices.
Production of electronics have gone up since the pandemic to cater to the growing needs of the academia sector. This means more amount of electronic waste is being produced which is harmful to our environment as they are not properly disposed.
Also, the energy consumptions have increased due to the increased operations of electronic devices with increased hydroelectricity and other fuel consumption.
Cafeterias of academia produced more amounts of smoke which has been reduced to zero at present.
Academia used to produce chemical wastage from its labs, which has decreased to zero while in the online mode of teaching.
Vehicular movements have been restricted which has positive effects on the environment as the vehicular gas emissions have decreased. Greenhouse gases has decreased in the atmosphere and the air is more clear and fresher than before.
Shifting to online mode of teaching also has incentivized technology use among the academia. Teachers and students have increased their technological knowledge as they make themselves more comfortable with electronic devices and technology.
The contribution of electronic wastage has increased which are hard to recycle and cause more damage to the environment.
The quality of air and water has improved following the pandemic because of less human interference with the environment.
The decreased rate of transportation has had positive effects on the air. The visibility of the atmosphere has increased and mountains that were previously invisible has now become visible from various parts of the country.
Therefore, the online mode of teaching has had both positive and negative effects upon the environment. Although, this method has proved inefficient to imparting knowledge, we have to understand that this method of teaching is a new method across the globe and will need further improvements.