It is indeed a tough job to decide between offline and online classes as a medium of education but with proper guidance and mentoring it can be done easily.We should be thankful to technology and Internet that now we can develop skills and gain more knowledge even sitting in our homes.
It is because of this pandemic that online education has now emerged as a new normal tool of education. Schools were closed looking to safety of children but education was not stopped.
Although online learning has become the preferred method for the majority of students, it’s important not to dismiss the benefits of offline learning too. With online learning, students and teachers 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 students are paying attention to the training. Some students also find it easier to retain the knowledge and skills they’ve learnt through offline learning than they do with online learning. As there are benefits to both learning options, it makes sense to offer a combined online and offline learning.
There are many benefits of online learning like flexibility, plenty of choices, cost benefits, comfortable environment to study, advancing your career even while you are working, gaining skills that are transferrable, avoid commuting and learning at your own house. Additionally, it also helps you to develop self-discipline and makes you join study groups from different places to understand perspectives. Online teaching increases the engagement between the student and the teacher, resulting in personalised attention to the student.
Whereas classroom teaching is important to encourage and motivate collaborative learning. Collaborative learning increases student’s self-awareness about how students learn and enables them to learn more easily and effectively, transforming them into keen learners inside and beyond the classroom. Classroom teaching enhances students’ critical thinking skills. Classroom studying provides an opportunity for students to engage in live discussions where they can better utilise their critical thinking skills to voice opinions or involve in an argument.
Hence, online learning is certainly a more effective option for students, rather than offline. But it’s also better for the environment.