Difference Between Online And Traditional Classroom
The arrival of the global pandemic stirred up the great debate of whether online classrooms are better or traditional classrooms.
This debate has many sides to it so let’s delve into some of the pros and cons of online classrooms and traditional classrooms.
Online classrooms are beneficial to students who have busy schedules. Some students are individuals with a family and a job already but they are trying to further their career. Some students are working multiple jobs and can’t attend on-campus classes so online classes allow them to study on their own time. Learning from your own home or from anywhere in the world is probably the best part about an online classroom.
Online programs and degrees are also more affordable since there are no in-class components. Students work at their own pace, can rewatch videos, or spend more time going over concepts they may not understand well.
One downside of online classrooms is that there is no socializing with other students. This means that group work and discussions are not the same. In addition to this, some students may prefer speaking with teachers in person when they need help. Online classes don’t allow for instant, real-time communication and help.
An online class may not be suitable for children in K-12 classes. They are not focused enough to learn at their own pace and need more guidance than university/college level students. But this does not mean that online classes can’t be adapted to their needs.
However, another problem that comes with online classes is that many students may not have the resources and technology necessary for online classes.
Traditional classrooms allow for in-person instruction. Some students learn better when they are in front of their teachers in a controlled environment. Additionally, some students may prefer these classrooms so that they can socialize with their friends. Traditional classrooms allow students to meet other people more easily than they would in an online classroom. They would be able to forge better relationships with each other in person.
Not only for K-12 students but for college students as well, the traditional classroom provides many opportunities to connect with others, build relationships, and live experiences that cannot happen in an online classroom.
Following a schedule and routine in traditional classrooms can also benefit students later in life. This setting gives them the chance to become disciplined and get into the habit of following routines and meeting deadlines.
If you are a college student that lives far from campus, traditional on-campus classes may be a hassle getting to. Commuting can be expensive and time-consuming. Not only commuting, but paying to live in residence or in an apartment close to the school is also quite expensive. Traditional classrooms are less flexible and require more effort sometimes.
The debate on whether online classrooms or traditional classrooms are better is one that has no definite winner. The choice is yours. The choice that is most convenient and comfortable for you is the one to make.