The COVID-19 situation has created a massive stir in the education system. Within no time, the entire teaching and learning process was shifted to an online platform to ensure that the continuity of learning doesn’t stop.
The new-age virtual education system/ online learning can be conducted using outdated traditional modes of education, or they can be conducted by applying experiential and PBL (problem-based learning) approaches. The newer approaches are far more engaging for young learners. In online learning, engagement is everything. The more learners are engaged, the more attentive they will be. The higher the attention, the more the retention.
Online learning Vs offline learning
The main difference between online classes and offline learning is location. With offline learning, participants are required to travel to the training location, typically a lecture hall, college or classroom. With online learning, on the other hand, the training can be conducted from practically anywhere in the world. Participants simply need to log on to the internet from their home, work or even their local coffee shop.
Another difference is the flexibility offered. Online learning usually has a more flexible timescale. As a trainer, you can offer your support via email or through an online chat system. With offline learning, it is typically carried out between office hours and doesn’t offer as much flexibility to the learner or the trainer. Besides these two differences, the benefits of learning online or offline are practically the same. Online qualifications are just as internationally recognised as offline ones and the standards of learning are also identical.
What are the benefits of online classes vs offline learning?
Although online learning has become the preferred method for the majority of learners, it’s important not to dismiss the benefits of offline training too. With online training courses, you and the course attendees benefit from a more casual, flexible approach. Being unrestricted in regard to location and times means every learner can benefit from the courses.
With offline learning, it’s easier to ensure attendees are paying attention to the training. Some learners also find it easier to retain the knowledge and skills they’ve learnt through offline training than they do with online training. As there are benefits to both learning options, it makes sense to offer a combined online and offline learning approach as a trainer.
Advantages of Offline Training
- It is an active learning method, where students can interact with faculty, thus the concentration level is very high.
- Course completion rate is almost 75% as compared to 7% of online.
- The faculty can pass on the passion and enthusiasm of a subject to students.
- Faculty can easily judge the performance of each student during the class and can work on problem areas.
- Students who are trained offline usually tend to perform better than online training, if the course content remains the same. One of the reasons is peer’s pressure and competition.
- Relationship building with like minded people, who are also going to be in similar profession is a bonus.
- Learning experience with peers rejuvenates your thoughts and memory
- Limited students in each batch ensures individual attention
Disadvantages of Offline Training
- Quality of content can change with every lecture
- Expensive than online courses
- Personalized learning is not possible
- Time flexibility
- Difficult to manage for job holders
Advantages of Online Classes
- Flexibility – You learn at your own speed
- Faculties can even be from Ivy League colleges
- Cheaper than offline
- Personalization of course contents
- Faculties can make more money by teaching more students at once
- Location independent – Anyone can teach from anywhere
- Class recordings are a treasure
Disadvantage of Online Classes
- Very low concentration level for students
- Faculties struggle to understand the student’s learning behaviour
- Difficult to follow the passion of the teacher
- Very low course completion rate
- Lack of competitive attitude makes the learning process slower
So, the concept of online training with today’s technology looks more like a money-making process than adding real value to the student. No doubt we will continue to love our faculty to stand in front of us and answer our doubts till the time we both are in a virtual classroom where we can see a virtual friend sitting next to us and asking, hey did you get that what he just said!!