Let’s start with some basics and define exactly what is the difference between the two.
Online Education – Online Education is a very flexible learning system that allows students to study solely via the internet on their own computer at home, or wherever they see fit.
Basically, student-teacher face to face meetings are not required, allowing students to study anywhere in the world.
Whereas Offline Education – Also referred to as traditional training. Offline Education means a student needs to go in a school, in a classroom, and attend a class face to face with a teacher.
Another key difference between online learning vs offline learning is the flexibility of the classes.
Whilst offline learning requires you to physically travel to a training centre or a school and be present at fixed hours, online learning allows you to study wherever you want, whenever you want.
Unless, of course, you have an arranged schedule decided in advance with your teacher.
A third difference between online learning vs offline learning is the student-teacher interaction.
In an offline setting, students listen to long lectures and take notes, sometimes easily get bored and might doze off a little.
With online classes, and new technology teaching techniques such as interactive whiteboards and videos for example, students engage with the c activities given by the teacher.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Online Education?
You already know that as with pretty much everything on this planet, Online and Offline Education have pros AND cons.
Online is the latest trending teaching method and growing in popularity by the day, let’s have a look at Online first:
Benefits of Online Education
Location doesn’t matter
Disadvantages of Online Education
No interpersonal skills development
Must have self discipline
Benefits of Offline Education
Structured & disciplined setting
Face to face interactions
Interpersonal skills development
Disadvantages of Offline Education
Dependency on the teachers
Transport & Accommodation
Both Online and Offline have many benefits and disadvantages and even though what can be called “benefit” and “disadvantage” depends on one’s point of view, these are the main aspects discussed amongst students.
Let’s have a look in more details at the main benefits and disadvantages:
Location & Time
Location and time is the MAIN and biggest benefit of Online learning that you should remember here.
Whereas offline learning takes place in a fixed location, with a fixed schedule and requires you to travel and be on time, online learning is the opposite.
Not that you don’t have to be on time, especially in the case where you have an online teacher and decided on a schedule with them, but Online Learning allows you to study wherever and whenever.
Let’s say you have children and wish to get a degree, but still have to stay home to take care of the kids, Online Learning will make that possible for you.
Let’s say you needed to find a job and didn’t have the chance to finish your curriculum and graduate university because, well…life, Online Learning will make that possible for you.
Online learning is usually cheaper in scholar and booking fees, and as study materials are all online, there is no need to buy textbooks and manuals.
Since you are learning from home you won’t have expenses in petrol for your car, or for public transportation to the training centre.
So yes, Online Learning is far less expensive, more convenient and flexible, but one major thing to mention is the lack of social interactions online.
Which study is better, online or offline?
Again, this question is difficult to answer, as everyone’s situation is different. One might prefer a type of learning rather than the other according to their needs and availabilities.
If you have a training center close to your location, prefer to travel and study in another place than your hometown, then offline learning is absolutely fine.
If you prefer to stay home, need more flexible hours, don’t have the budget for a far away school or just learn better with digital technologies, then online learning is a great option.
OK time to set the record straight with an incredibly common question! Which is best Online vs Offline Education?
So again, it all comes back to your own specific needs and requirements,both the systems have its pros as well as cons. It depends on an individual how to combat it.