Overall, when comparing the academic achievement of the students, the setting, and the levels of freedom they are given, face-to-face and online classrooms have certain parallels and contrasts. Students should decide where they will take their lessons depending on their preferred method of learning for the particular courses they plan to enroll in. For those who, for example, cannot attend class due to their children, online education may be more convenient.
Both methods of attending classes are effective for obtaining a higher degree and landing a better job to pursue one’s professional ambitions. Students who put in the necessary effort will succeed in any educational setting, whether online or in person. The learning environment in traditional and online classrooms differs, to sum up. Depending on where students attend courses, the “effect of the learning environment” might change, according to Ilie & Frăsineanu (2019, p. 1194). The student’s final grade includes participation in a face-to-face environment.
Participation might be a bit scary for some individuals. They could prefer an online course because they do not have to appear in front of everyone and can participate in debates less threateningly. Both courses can aid students in improving their communication skills and gaining the confidence they will need while applying for jobs in the future. The level of independence is another distinction between attending lessons in person and online. Because students may choose their schedules for reading their assigned books and doing their assignments while still meeting deadlines, online programs allow for greater student autonomy.
In contrast to face-to-face interactions, which the professor directs, the students cannot modify the lectures. Because too much flexibility might occasionally cause students to neglect the online course, face-to-face lectures are simple to follow. Students should always establish their priorities because both classes might result in much spare time, especially in college. Knowing the latest information can be helpful in an emergency. For instance, compared to online classrooms that move at the student’s speed, courses take place at least once a week, and occasionally skipping one lecture might put students behind. In other cases, the course can instill accountability and effective time management in its attendants.
The academic achievement might change based on the course taken and how challenging it was. Students often fail or do not complete the online courses, which shows that they may forget to turn in some assignments because it is more self-managed than the conventional way where the professor might remind the class at least once of impending deadlines or tests, according to (Ilie & Frăsineanu (2019). Additionally, the subject may impact some students’ academic performance because it needs more visualization than simple textbook reading. For instance, in certain cases, it is preferable to take a Math or Engineering course in person. Watching someone else work through a topic step by step and asking them questions along the way might help academic learners comprehend the subject matter. Depending on the student’s preferred learning method, any class format can aid in developing critical thinking abilities.
To conclude, higher education has never been more accessible. By enabling students from all over the globe to earn their credentials from the convenience of their own homes, many colleges worldwide have transitioned from the conventional classroom environment into the online world. Nevertheless, many people still choose the conventional classroom arrangement. Perspective and learning preferences are key. There are numerous parallels and contrasts between traditional face-to-face classrooms and online courses regarding academic achievement, independence, and learning environment.
Ilie, V., & Frăsineanu, E. S. (2019). Traditional learning versus e-learning. The European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences.