Nowadays, online learning turns out to be more and more practiced. Many traditional universities started to share their courses online for free. It represents an easy and comfortable method to achieve knowledge in almost every field, from law and accounting, to human sciences, such as psychology and sociology or history. Online learning is a great alternative to traditional universities, especially for people who can’t afford the time and money to take real courses. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of online learning?
Advantages of Online Learning
Although many people still consider traditional universities as the best way to achieve knowledge and get a diploma, online learning proves to be a great alternative. Students have the chance to study in their own time and especially for free. It represents a great way to study many fields and to boost the level of self-motivation. Online learning is so effective because students can finish their homework quickly, and there is more time left for hobbies or for finding a job.
An access to all resources of a traditional course helps participants learn wherever they are, leaving them the freedom to choose the time for study. With basically an Internet connection, a person can attend different courses. Among the advantages of online learning there are the responsibility and self-discipline of students.
Disadvantages of Online Learning
Only in a small group a person can develop properly. At school, students learn how to make friends, be patient, get rid of disappointment, and especially to compete. Competition between colleagues can be very stimulating and students will only benefit from it. Online learning cannot offer human interaction.
Another disadvantage refers to the fact that online courses cannot cope with thousands of students that try to join discussions. Also, online learning can be difficult, if it is meant for disciplines that involve practice.
In conclusion, online learning should be seen as a complement and extension of classical forms of learning. Not even the best online course can fully replace the personal contact with a teacher, or the human relationships that develop in a group. So, traditional classes shouldn’t be replaced with online learning.
Benefits of offline classes-:
More personal face to face interaction with the teacher which makes the subject more interesting to learn.
The teacher will be able to understand if they were able to get their point across correctly to each student by asking them to do activities related to the task.
It is easier for students to get doubts and misconceptions clarified as and when the subject matter is being taught. Whereas with online classes, a lot of the lectures are prerecorded which makes doubt clarification very difficult?
The entire class-time in offline classes can be dedicated to teaching and learning. Whereas, with online classes a lot of time is valuable class time is wasted in resolving technical glitches.
There is a chance for the teachers and students to bond with each other and form social relationships. Online classes do not have much scope for social interaction among students.
There is more scope for classroom discussions and debates in offline classes. Classroom discussions and debates will broaden one’s understanding of what is being taught as several different perspectives are put on the table. Whereas with online classes, it is just one person talking and the others’ listening/jotting down notes/asking questions.
Drawbacks of offline classes-:
They are more expensive than online classes
They require commute time from your residence to the location of the class.
Not the most convenient way of learning for introverts. Since most introverts prefer being by themselves and tend to avoid social interaction.
Overall, in my opinion the pros of offline classes far outweigh the cons. I really wish this corona virus pandemic would get over soon, so that I can attend offline classes for fitness and foreign languages.