The world is constantly evolving more and more traditional services, like going to the supermarket or going to the bank, now are being offered online. Currently, there’s a debate going on whether that same evolution should be applied to the education world. Should traditional classes be replaced by online classes or not? Let’s compare the two and list their respective pros and cons!
-students are not bound by a fixed schedule. Instead, they can take the classes at any time they seem fit and that has the advantage of flexibility! Because of this, everyone can learn at their own pace and thus make their education adapt to their personal lifestyle instead of the other way around.
-Because the classes are being taught online, you can learn right from the comfort of your own home and you wouldn’t even have to change clothes to do it! At home, students often feel more relaxed and safe, thus online classes create a great environment to work with.
-When learning via online classes, there’s the opportunity to save a lot of money. The biggest reasons for this are that you need fewer teachers and there doesn’t need to be paid for classrooms, etc. Additionally, the tuition fees for online learning aren’t nearly as much as the tuition fees for traditional learning.
-Studies have shown that introverted students often struggle with asking their teacher for help when they need it. For those kinds of students, online teaching would have the benefit of asking their questions online without being face-to-face with their teacher.
-Online classes are a very modern way of learning and that fits the dominant way of thinking in the world today.
-Online classes are able to offer a more varied assortment of courses so everyone can be satisfied.
-While learning online, students miss out on social contact because they really only interact with the members of their household. This sort of has an isolating effect and is especially hard for introverted people. Going to school remains one of the best ways to meet possible friends and by taking online courses, students lose that opportunity.
-Learning via a computer screen is kind of impersonal. There aren’t a lot of ways that the teacher and student can interact and bond. This affects the teacher’s ability to give each student the kind of attention that they need.
-When students are required to spend more time on the computer to receive those online classes, that can have a negative impact on their health. Several scientistic studies have proven that long-time use of computers can give rise to dry, irritated eyes. Besides that, online classes require you to sit still at your desk for quite some time and that can cause back problems. People need to have enough exercise to remain healthy and online classes kind of undermine that goal.
-For students who experience problems with focusing and concentrating or who lack a decent amount of self-discipline, online classes aren’t the best option for sure. Because of the freedom that online classes have to offer, it is the student’s own responsibility as to when he or she will follow the classes. Without self-discipline, students will get behind and that will have a negative impact on their overall education.
-When classes are being taught online, there is less supervision over the students. This can give rise to some practical problems like plagiarism or other rebellious behavior.
-By having to go to school every weekday, you are able to develop a certain routine, thus having more structure in your life. This is especially beneficial for students with behavioral problems that don’t really know what to do with themselves when they are offered too much freedom.
-There is a face-to-face interaction between students and their teachers. This gives teachers the opportunity to really engage with their students and to develop a specific teaching plan for each and every student. It’s more personal and students with urgent questions can directly ask them and get a response in return immediately.
-Students that are forced to go to school every day, automatically come in contact with other students. Because of this, they have a higher chance of forging bonds with other people and thus a higher chance of forging deep and long-lasting friendships.
-With traditional classes, there are more opportunities for practical learning and workshops. Teachers can give examples and can support those examples by showing what ought to be done. You can’t learn in such a thorough manner via a computer screen.
-When students need to make their daily trips to school, they automatically get a little exercise. Plus, this way it’s guaranteed that students come in contact with healthy outside air on a daily basis.
-While forcing students to go to school, there are more opportunities for supervision and teachers can step in when their help is needed to keep the students in line.
-Because of traditional classes, students need to spend money and time on transportation every day. For students who don’t live close to campus, this can be a real hurdle to take each and every day.
-Students need to follow the same pattern every day, which isn’t very adjustable. Research has shown that having too much routine in your life can lead to a decrease in your enthusiasm.
-Traditional learning takes up a great portion of the government budget and often is too expensive for some students. Admittedly, most schools offer scholarships, but not everyone has access to those. For example, university tuition fees cost thousands of dollars each year and for some students, this can mean a big hindrance that stands in the way of getting a proper education. Online classes also aren’t cheap, but you still can’t even begin to compare it to traditional learning.
To conclude, both ways of learning have their advantages and disadvantages. Thus, it probably would be best to join forces and create a combined way of teaching that offers the best of both worlds.