There are typically two main reasons why teachers and professors in the United Kingdom assign their students to write essays. First is to give them another venue to learn more, enhance their knowledge and improve their skills.
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"Right now, online and hybrid offerings seem to be as good as standard lectures at transmitting this kind of knowledge, and, in the years ahead, they are bound to get better — more imaginatively curated, more interactive and with better assessments... The problem is that as online education becomes more pervasive, universities can no longer primarily be in the business of transmitting technical knowledge."
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