Learning is a continuous activity that is not controlled by age, gender, location, and many more. It flows like a river. That means every single minute, millions of people learn through videos, articles, and books. Or even from the physical classrooms where they get lesson content directly from tutors.
Even though online education has been in existence for many years, Covid-19 revealed its other positive impacts. One of the revelations is that many people realized that education could occur in any environment, not necessarily in classrooms alone. You can take any course from any University without much struggle in processing Visas.
The question of whether online education will replace live appeared on Quora sometime back in 2018. Quora; is an online platform where people post questions to find solutions from experts in case you don’t know. There are no restrictions on subjects. You can ask questions about health, tech, lifestyle, or any other question from various fields.
Online learning tools offer students and educators with easy access to learning materials. With just a click, they have complete content for the entire course unit. Students can even have an online discussion with their classmates. Something that many believed would only happen in the physical classrooms.
A business student in Africa can today learn from a top professor in the United States. They can even learn at their appropriate time while balancing their families at home and full-time jobs. It is possible.
But that doesn’t mean it is bringing to an end the traditional classroom. Yes, technology is advancing every day, and at the same time, it has some flaws. Just like any other innovation outside there, e-learning has its weak points.
But before concluding,
What is the actual state of traditional education?
With the traditional learning setup, tutors are on their toes, trying to make one-on-one engagement with their students. And in most cases, only a few candidates can cooperate. Some feel bored, show no attention, and focus on the sun glowing outside the classroom. As a tutor, that can be an irritating situation.
At the same time, lack of live engagement is a challenge for some candidates as well. They can get a well-detailed explanation of points they don’t understand well. Compared to a virtual classroom, they can hit pause on the tutor and get more clarifications on areas they couldn’t capture. This may miss out on some vital points while learning online. This is because most courses are pre-recorded.
Don’t forget that student attention frequency is another big issue and challenge in traditional education. Some students attentive within the first 50 minutes; some lose attention after 15 minutes. And there is no way that tutors can adjust to every student’s real-time attention.
Besides all the challenges, if a teacher and student can meet at the center and find suitable engagement, the magic happens. The active engagement with peers, being surrounded by most like-minded persons, and watching students come live once time clicks is a social experience that can’t even replace AI.
The Viable State of E-learning
E-learning combines some advanced features generated from the old classrooms. One of the features is the social aspects of the live classes. E-learning applies tools like Facebook groups, messaging, or chat boards that enable social interactions.
Just like traditional classes, students can easily chat and discuss with their colleagues. These tools give students some sense of human presence since they can make conversation and discuss their assignments with real people.
Does online learning replace interaction? No, it doesn’t. Through the chatting boards, tutors can identify student’s names from the system.
Students can quickly or naturally learn from one another’s opinions while solving problems. This is possible since some schools have video conferencing tools to showcase subjects that require practical presentations. Through such webinars, tutors can interact freely with their students, ask questions, and get solutions within a click.
E-learning tools also give teachers clear-cut and precise feedback on how students engage with learning materials online. They can monitor and see where students are stuck, their progress and grade their class assignments and exercises with a button click.
The online tools reduce excess workload for teachers that allow them to flex their skills. Tutors get enough time to conduct research and find solutions to different kinds of questions.
Consequently, they share their findings with students, which are beneficial to all trainees.
Again, they spend less time grading workbooks, giving them enough time to engage with students personally. It is this kind of resource management and content customization that propels classrooms to the viable future.
What is the future of traditional classrooms?
Covid-19 has been the biggest threat to almost all sectors globally. Learning institutions are some of the affected areas. Since World Health Organization introduced social distancing to curb the spread, institutions find it hard to cope with the protocol.
Even though vaccines are already out, WHO still advises people to practice the Covid-19 health protocols; this means running learning institutions will be more expensive than before. For institutions to meet such guidelines, then they have to invest in infrastructure and construct more classrooms. Again, they have to install water points and sanitizers.
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But these days, a good number of students are self-driven. Some practice self-instruction since are not able to pay for tuition fee or excited about a particular subject. That is where the need for e-learning comes in.
Why would you even pay a lot of money over something you can easily handle by yourself? Without necessarily having a tutor. It is not making sense. Yeah, that is what most of the students think about while considering the traditional classrooms.
The online platforms can easily cater to interaction and content around the individual user. The loading speed, interest, and location are well customized. And students can learn from wherever they are and whatever they want.
Online education brings about mobility in education. A student can attend business lectures from Harvard University from wherever they are. Every education aims to give students a viable environment to learn, and that is what e-learning can achieve.