We had two teachers at my primary school challenge me on whether either kind of learning is better. Here’s what they said.
Which Is Better Traditional Learning Or Online Learning
Finding a way to educate the masses may sound scary but if you could teach 150 million students for free, wouldn’t you take it?
It may be daunting for parents trying to determine which is best, but when you look at it from the viewpoint of its effect on the students’ learning, it can be a matter of life and death.
Online and traditional learning might each have its advantages and disadvantages, but that’s neither here nor there at this point. The key question you have to answer is which of these would benefit your students.
PRO: It’s Cheap
Compared to building a brick and mortar campus, the cost of enrollment at online learning colleges and universities are noticeably lower. Besides using a library of millions of books, films, and audio recordings from around the world, institutions like Udacity and Coursera make learning like a video game. Moreover, while there are students paying $30,000 per year for an expensive private college in most cases, enrollment at these organizations can be as low as $0.
Less expensive is certainly a plus and should be your top priority. For most families, accessibility is a priority when it comes to educational programs. Similarly, many online learning schools are operated by for-profit corporations. This can mean that it may take years or decades to repay your tuition due to the multiple business and legal requirements you would have to abide by.
The cost of education at online and for-profit colleges and universities can be through the roof. Sometimes the best bet for your students will not be online because it’s not affordable. For example, for-profit companies like Wright Tech University in Michigan charge $13,500 for tuition alone.
Obviously if you decide to enroll your students at a nonprofit organization, this can be an easier and cheaper option. Still, attending a nonprofit institution isn’t without its own pros and cons.
Another problem with online learning is the limited amount of resources that it provides.
For example, Lynda.com, a giant provider of online training material, provides students with an affordable way to learn courses from experts in the field. This is something that they call Lynda Academy. For example, you can choose the engine that you wish to learn from on a free program. If you want to learn something specific, you can go to the more expensive Lynda Unlimited option.
But just because you can tune into videos online, doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to pick it up and pass your learning process right away. Each course takes several weeks to a month to master and then, you have to use it for multiple hours each day for several weeks in a row. When you do that, it can become real torture.
For students who are out of school, there are other alternatives. They can hire a tutor or take part in a volunteer program that uses the internet to assist students.
But it’s also important to note that there are several schools that are not available online. Many of these institutions require a certain ratio of professors and students to make their classes viable. You can go ahead and enroll your student for many different ones. Some provide a little at a time or the tuition may be enough to cover them all.
None of these virtual schools will teach you how to write and solve problems like a real teacher. You have to make sure that you have someone to do those tasks.
When it comes to choosing an institution, another issue to consider is the time frame involved. The institutions that are online may come with extremely long timeline for your students to graduate.
To give you an idea of how long the virtual school would take, UCLA’s online school had an average enrollment of 75 students per class between 2017 and 2018. During this same year, Full Sail University had a five-year class timetable. It took Full Sail students four years to graduate.
Besides the access to online classes, enrollment at those institutions also involves a hefty tuition fee. It’s less expensive, but then again, you’re not getting any guaranteed placement for your student!