The Barriers of E-learning and How to Survive It

Students can experience convenience and benefits but at the same time, barriers of E-learning. These barriers hinder the learning process that is why it is important to evaluate the kind of barrier and know how to survive it.

Technology Issues

E-learning doesn’t require students to be very good with computers, software, and Internet. It only requires little technical skill. But there are some people who really find it hard to deal with technology issues. If they won’t do anything to resolve it, they will only feel frustrated that will only lead to not continuing the learning process.

What to do:

If you experience software errors, don’t panic. You can always see the solution in the software manual or you can research via web. Same when you experience troubles with Internet connection or the computer itself. You don’t always need complicated troubleshooting. Just keep calm, evaluate the issue, research, ask and do the suggested solutions.

Image credit: George Hodan (Source: Public Domain

Image credit: George Hodan (Source: Public Domain

Time Barriers

Time is one of the hardest barriers to overcome in E-learning. But this problem can be easily resolved through a lot of approaches to be done by both the teacher and students. There is actually a greater time to spend in E-learning than in classroom learning. This is one of the reasons why some E-learning firms don’t succeed. Teachers ask for higher compensation while students feel too labored studying even when just learning from home. Different timezones of teachers and students are also a major obstacle.

What to do:

We can’t do anything about different timezones. The students are usually the one to adjust with the schedule of the teacher. Since the learning process is home-based, students should deal with it. The best thing to do for teachers is to create a timeline where they can organize the lessons and activities in a way they won’t commit too much time and students won’t feel too tired learning online.


Keeping the students to actively participate in the online discussion is another challenge to teachers. The traditional classroom discussions always have non-participating students what more with E-learning?

What to do:

Teachers should ensure that students are learning and participating in the discussion by asking the students if they have questions, clarification or suggestions. When students ask, clarify or suggest, teachers should entertain it, respond to it and discussed it immediately. All the people involved in the E-learning process should be open and curious. Teachers must give constant feedback on students performance so students can immediately take actions for it.


Online learning at home can result to a lot of interruptions in the part of students. Their family and friends, knowing that they have open schedules, would always invite them somewhere. E-learners are not prohibited to respond to social invites but they should not be too comfortable because they can still fail even on E-learning.

What to do:

Students should stick with their E-learning schedules. Online learning won’t consume a whole day or long hours like the classroom learning. Students can still go wherever they want on their free time and they need to understand it.

Nothing convenient in this world has no potential difficulty like E-learning. People involve just need to be patient and responsible to adapt to the style in this kind of education.

*Author’s Bio: Jennifer Joplin is a principal research associate of She is fond of a lot of research and reading on the web. She tried E-learning and was able to adapt and succeed the learning process despite different barriers.

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