With the innovations in technology, numerous sectors around the globe, such as education have adopted digitalization whereby learning is being conducted online. Currently, classrooms are no longer required for the process of learning to take place as teachers have been turned into spectators. As compared to previous years, online education has been convenient with many believing it is as good as learning in classrooms. In the conventional mode of learning, teachers play a key role in imparting knowledge to learners. However, conventional learning remains to be efficient as it increases effectiveness in the learning outcome, offers a chance to seek clarification and physical interaction amongst students is enhanced.
Why Online Education is not convenient
Foremost, the need for physical interactions between the teacher and the students enhances the effectiveness of learning outcomes. Conventional mode of learning provides a rich, dynamic relation amongst tutors and the learners, therefore enhancing the effectiveness towards the process of education. The presence of a teacher enables students to easily grasp the lesson content as a student can pay attention to the paralinguistic features when a teacher is teaching. It is crucial to note that the relationship between a teacher and a student makes the lessons taught to turn out to be memorable for the learners. Therefore, conventional learning remains to be a suitable option as online education fails to offer the opportunity of physically interacting with a tutor.
Conventional learning provides students with an opportunity of seeking clarifications simultaneously as the lesson is ongoing. A student can pose questions for the tutor if one feels there is any misunderstanding. In turn, a tutor has the chance of addressing the matter raised, making the lessons interactive and comprehensible as compared to online education (Zhan & Mei, 2013). For students that are unable to appropriately complete an assignment, a tutor has the chance of instantly rectifying to avert any mistakes in future. This makes conventional learning a viable mode of learning that boosts the learning standards as compared to online learning.
Conventional learning is considered as a massive advantage for every student as learners can interact amongst themselves. Increased interaction amongst students develops the sharing of knowledge. This can be done in groups or open class sessions. With each learner exhibiting distinct weaknesses and strengths, interaction in groups enables the weak students to acquire assistance from others. Apart from academic assistance, students are also able to overcome societal issues. This contributes to one becoming an accomplished student. Therefore, presence of socialization in schools advances each learner’s skills as compared to online learning and enhances their mental growth and development.
However, most scholars believe online education is a viable option as it enables learners to access knowledge at an affordable rate. According to McCutcheon et al. (2015), accessing education online is affordable and accessible as it reduces expenditures on various items such as transport and also spending on food while at the learning institution. Also, learners can access a wide range of learning materials at low prices in contrast to conventional learning, whereby books are retailed at exorbitant rates. Nonetheless, education needs to take place in the classroom to access quality knowledge and effectiveness of the learning process.
Conventional learning is considered to be more effective than online learning. With traditional learning, it enhances the effectiveness of the learning outcomes, offers a chance to seek clarification and physical interaction amongst students is enhanced. It provides learners with the opportunity to access quality and appropriate knowledge. Online learning is only considered for expediency and not effectiveness.
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