In today’s scenario, it’s safe to say that nothing in life remains constant. With time, different fields and things evolve in multiple ways. From cliche learning methods to online learning methods, life has changed in terms of living and technology. Though learning and education should spread awareness and knowledge, there is no harm in making minor changes to learn and gain information. The popularity of traditional education is dropping, whereas the online education system seems to have taken centre stage. While people prefer reading online news and journals, a percentage remains fond of traditional newspapers and magazines. Both conventional and online methods have their benefits and reservations.
So, how do we decide for ourselves which one is better than the other? Well, that’s a tricky question. There has been a constant war of words since the introduction of the online learning method. So, we, as your ultimate companions, are here to get you out of the dilemma and provide enough clarity. Scroll below to look at some interesting facts and debatable points on how traditional and digital learning methods have changed the education dynamics!
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we agree that technology is making lives easy for people every day. But what about the benefits of traditional learning methods that are still helping us in some other ways? So, without further ado, let’s look at how digital learning methods measure against conventional learning methods.
Communication is the first step of any learning. Participation in an online class is more as compared to an offline course. Online courses comprise scheduled timings, particular rules, and scheduled ways. At the same time, there is no sure way to speak, interact, or communicate with your batchmates or teachers in offline classes. But having said that, online courses lead students to speak up in a certain way without any batchmate interfering.
Of course, online education comes with many advantages, such as affordable pricing being one major factor. It is because of fewer infrastructure costs and physical interactions. Whereas you do not save your travel cost, daily expenses with a traditional classroom-based course.
Yes, we agree that cheating is a normal part of any classroom assessment. However, it is difficult for a teacher to monitor assessment tests online where students may have a browser opened searching for their answers or trying some other means.
Online courses come with the flexibility to provide you with notes and knowledge through recordings. Likewise, you can also make notes for students to revise repeatedly. So, in both cases, students will be able to recapitulate their work and learnings either through handmade summaries and notes in an offline class or mobile recordings.
There is no doubt a student needs proper funding for pursuing their dream education degree. And for that, online scholarships come into the picture. This learning pattern is a hundred times better than walking to offices and institutions in long queues for getting scholarships.
In an offline class structure, students do not usually have the opportunity to ask questions or engage in a discussion. Even if they do, it depends on the class strength, type of lecture, and an individual’s personality. On the other hand, student and teacher interactions increase as students open up because of digital classes.
So, because the students have got so used to things like managing work and home together, taking naps in between work, the flexibility has no comparison in online learning methods to traditional ones. Whereas flexibility lacks in offline learning as there are proper schedules, deadlines for assignments, non-flexible timings.
Confidence comes in practical exposures to life. Whereas in digital mediums, students tend to take a backseat and show a layback attitude towards performances in class. In a traditional classroom setting, a group of students come together along with the teacher and make way for new learnings and approaches. Whereas, on digital platforms, students tend to have less confidence to speak and perform in class.
Students hardly get the chance to meet and interact with their guest faculties who visit their school or college. And the chances of learning and grasping knowledge also becomes less because of so many students in the auditorium. It is much easier for a guest lecturer to come upon a digital platform and run a lecture via Zoom or a Google Meet. It allows students and teachers to take time out from their day and remain actively present during the classroom lecture.
Group projects used to be quite fun and meaningful in traditional classes. But since the time pandemic has hit the world, digital learning methods have turned group projects from fun to tedious. Physical presence significantly impacted the students and gave them a golden opportunity to learn and grow. At the same time, online leave the students in different corners making their things.
Education is necessary for life. And with time, students are also becoming extra serious about it trying different methods. So, because you don’t want to give up on traditional learning methods and yet want to reap the benefits of online learning, you should always look at the darker and brighter sides of the two. We agree that education is exceptionally subjective, and it depends on how you want to grasp knowledge and become great. But we cannot deny the fact that various learning methods make the process a bit easier. Online learning is effective as it gives you the freedom to learn, grow, and flourish according to your comfort. But at the same time, traditional methods help you become a better version of yourself by giving you practical exposure. So, refrain from trusting a single process and accept everything that works in your favour. We hope the students and teachers can build the right balance between both methods!