Online and traditional education methods have confronted each other since the start of the pandemic situation in the world. The majority of educational institutions had to change their in-class teaching mode to the online mode of delivery. These modifications caused many different opinions among the public, including students and their parents. However, each method of education has its advantages and disadvantages that affect the overall educational process, with traditional education providing a higher probability of efficiently provided education.
Online versus Traditional Education
Traditional in-person education has been practiced for decades. It is mainly associated with discipline, order, and good results. On the one hand, studying online with electronic devices allows students to access virtual storage whenever needed. Hart et al. (2019) state that all Internet resources, lessons’ recordings, and constant contact with teacher and classmates may encourage a student to find extra materials, use several resources, and discuss a topic with the instructor or other students at any time. On the other hand, these factors may negatively affect a student by distracting them from learning. As a result, a lack of physical presence and absence of a unique educational environment may disturb especially those “who are not skilled in self-directed learning” (Hart et al., 2019, p. 2). In addition, students who do not have proper technical skills in working with technological resources may face some troubles during online work.
In-person classes develop a better discipline among students and have a psychological influence through the surrounding professional environment. It is much easier to create personal relationships with other people in the course, including professors. Teachers and instructors can more effectively involve students in the topic when they are in the same room rather than in the video or audio conference (Hart et al., 2019). Based on the evidence mentioned, online education does not create a required environment for the learning purposes that motivate and encourage students in the more conservative way of study.
Each type of course delivery has its pros and cons. However, despite all the modern advantages that online education may have, traditional teaching is more effective, disciplined, and valuable. Online education mostly depends on each student’s self-control, which may significantly harm the learning processes due to the lack of students’ responsibility and parents’ control. Finally, human beings require personal relationships and contact with other people that may benefit the education outcome.
Hart, C., Berger, D., Jacob, B., Loeb, S., & Hill, M. (2019). Online learning offline outcomes: Online course taking and high school student performance. SAGE Journals, 5(1), pp.1-17. Web.