Key differences between classroom and online learning

Key differences between classroom and online learning

From Lamia Jonas

The growth of online education has prompted queries over which mode is ideal to exhibit the best grade output for each student.

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The growth of online education has prompted queries over which mode is ideal to exhibit the best grade output for each student. The disparity between the classroom and online setup can be attributed to a number of factors, especially the learning environment.

So, what sets one apart from the other besides the learning environment?

Flexibility Vs Pre-Schedule

The traditional classroom setting requires students and instructors alike to be punctual in their class attendance or miss out on the opportunity to interact with one another. The course timelines are set on the go and strict adherence is observed especially on homework assignments.

While on the online platforms, it would depend on the interaction with which the instructors decide on using, from pre recorded video, fixed time, hybrid or open schedule. The majority of these methods offer the students and instructor to set a convenient time to interact.

Students who aren’t able to attend regular class sessions offered on the traditional settings—due to other commitments are able to access the course materials, the time they choose. Research shows that the average age of online students is 32%, and the working professionals cover 68% of the online student population.

Convenient Vs Rigid

Online classes can be access at your own convenience no matter where you are as long as you have access to the internet. Students can access courses from overseas institutions, over 67% of American students are said to have completed or accessed their course work through the phone.

E-learning gives equal opportunity to access quality education across the globe, through renowned professors and instructors. As well as moguls in different industries as they offer customized courses to aid students—with interest in the same related field to emulate their success.

While in a class set up, students are limited to a confined physical location without which access to lectures is limited. This deprives students and instructors in severe weather adversities as schools are closed since access to school is rendered impossible especially during winter seasons, in snowy places.

Sparse Vs Dense Class Population

The capacity attendance of students in traditional classes may amount to 100 students per class. This ratio disparity among the student and professor, makes it hard for the instructor to attend to offer each student undivided attention, hence the graduation rate of students is low.

The opposite is true for online education as the student-professor ratio is 25:1, as a limited number of students are enrolled at a given time, this gives the instructor ample time to assess the students and be able to forge a suitable method to enhance the students learning capability to ensure they earn good grades. 

Customizable Vs Text Learning Material

The traditional learning setting offers students material in text format which may be a turn off to many students opting for a different learning experience. The regular class lessons tend to be between 30-45 min, which is draining to students and instructors alike.

While in online learning instructors have a variety of methods to implement depending on the student's preference. Text format material can be curate to the podcast, or make a pre-recorded video, with animated characters to spice up the learning experience. The instructor gives leeway for students to interact and offer homework assistance.

Most of the learning content is in video form a few seconds to 20 min; this visual aspect is dear to the majority of students, also eBooks, info-graphics, photos, and webinars are used to executing online courses.

Affordable Vs Expensive

The investment made on a campus college the degree is costly as students have to part with fees catering for activities, meals, and accommodation plus textbooks. The accommodation fees are estimated to amount to over $50,000 annually. Companies inclined to offering learning opportunities to their students attribute to having spent over 60% of the total cost of learning to transport.

While for companies that have implemented online programs into their institution have been saving millions of dollars one of such cases is dell that saved a whopping $300 million, shifting to online education, UPS and Boeing are also examples of companies that implement online tutoring programs.

While the average student in an on the campus degree program may end up with debts amounting to $37,000 an online degree student is estimated using $50,000 less.

What’s your pick?

Depending on your availability, location and goals can determine a suitable format for you. One thing to consider is that majority of students surveyed attributed online learning to have been better or surpassed the traditional setup.

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