Pros & Cons Of Online Education Vs Traditional Education

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Pros & Cons Of Online Education Vs Traditional Education

What is a child's life without school? The whole idea of waking up early, getting dressed for another day at school, taking the bus bustling with the laughter of the students to the day at the school summarizes the fun and frolic childhood of most children. However, that charm seems to be vanishing somewhere in the valley of technology.

With the advent of technology and advanced methods of teaching, the old institution of students studying in schools seems to be fading away. Although the practice is a welcome development regarding the quality of education being offered, it raises concern among the parents to wish to make their child taste the life altering experience in school.

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All this brings us back to the underlying debate revolving around the traditional form of education vs. E-learning. Let us talk about the pros and cons of both these education systems. But before that, quickly browse through the basic definitions of the two concepts.

What is Traditional Form Of Education?

As the name suggests, it is when a student goes to a school to gain knowledge and enhance their learning experience.

How is it Different from Online Education?

It is a new form of an education system that is slowly spreading its root in the industry. Unlike the traditional way, the student doesn't need to go anywhere to gain an education. They can just log onto a site available on the internet to start learning.

Pro's of Regular Education over Online Education

#1. Personal Touch

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The traditional based education system allows a child to engage in a face to face conversation with the teacher, who is explaining the concept. Here, since the teacher is physically present before the child, it can interpret the understanding of the child by the expressions on the face of the pupil and clear the doubt if need may be. Unlike the online based education system that does not allow a personal engagement between the students. 

#2. Room For Mistakes, Doubts, and Information

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In the case of doubt or a mistake, the student can seek immediate help from the teacher and resolve the error. Now, that's a feature online education does not provide. Since there is a lack of personal touch in the e-learning system, a student has to follow the protocol to raise doubts and query and wait for the answer to come from the other end.

#3. Less Time Required

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Since it involves teaching on a personal level, the teacher can adjust its examples and speed of explaining a matter according to the child's grasping power. Hence, if the child is picking up things at a faster pace, the teacher can buck up its speed to cover most topics, something that's not possible in an online based education system. Online education works on a systematic automated process that takes its own time to explain each topic. Thus, there are times when students lose interest and get bored in between the class.

Pro's of Online Education over Traditional Education

#1. Ease Of Venue 

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Since the online based education system aims at providing optimum quality of knowledge over the internet, it saves the student from wasting its time by traveling to the center to gain the education. It does not only help in investing time more appropriately but even saves the cost of going to the school to get an education. Student studying in the traditional based education system often travel for extended hours in the morning and evening to attend school, wasting their energy and money on commuting. 

#2. Saves Money

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Apart from saving the cost of transportation, it also saves the cost of indulging in expensive tuition fees to get an education. Since it has a course provided over the internet, the cost of the course is lesser than the one asked by traditional education board. This results in online education becoming a cheaper and an effective mean to get an education in the country.

#3. Cover Up For Missed Classes

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In the traditional based education system, if you ever missed a class, the teachers would ask you to make notes from what was taught in the class and ask questions if one cannot understand the topic. However, the online education system provides you an opportunity to revisit the class you missed and attend the lecture to learn about the topic covered for the day. Since there is no defined time frame, one can easily browse through the classroom as and when they want to. 

So, now that you know about pros and cons of both, which one would you prefer- traditional, classroom education or online education? Share your opinions and views with us in the section below.

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Online Education

The world is moving toward online education as more and more students are enrolling into online colleges. Traditional Education burden students too much work in too little time. If I have to find to answers to your STEM assignment, they are readily available online. Thus, online education is better compared to traditional education.  

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