Online vs offline teaching is like pencil and paper versus laser and screen. Choosing between online and offline teaching can be a daunting task but with the right guidance you will be able to make the right decision for you.
We all know the famous saying, ‘learning is a lifelong process’, and indeed it is. It is just that the methods through which one teaches and one learns have undergone a lot of changes. With the escalation of the digital era, everything and everyone turned to computers and technology with all the papers and their prints turning into digital ink on the screen. The traditional classes of blackboard and chalk are officially transforming into, in fact, are already converted into online classes for kids or adult students. Nowadays, new technologies being so easily accessible to everyone and with young generations used to use the internet and the virtual world every day, having more visual and interactive study materials is becoming way more engaging than sticking to the old fashioned school book.
What are online and offline modes of teaching?
Let’s first define what are online and offline modes of teaching. In the offline mode of teaching, the teacher meets the learner in person, in an actual class of bricks and walls and delivers the lesson or lecture whereas in Online teaching involves an instructor who delivers all the lectures and courses via an online platform.
Online and offline teaching both presents benefits and challenges to learning environments. With the trend towards online learning increasing, the looming question for the education industry is, are traditional methods of teaching losing relevance? Why get up, get dressed, and waste gas to drive to a physical classroom, when you can wake up and put your classroom on your kitchen table? The choice would seem easy for students and teachers.
Various advantages in online teaching rest in time, location, opportunity and accessibility. A classroom can be set up and managed from any location at any time. This offers classroom convenience and shortens the distance between the learner and teacher. Learning is now more accessible with teachers being able to teach their subject matter across district, national and international lines.
Additionally, it also helps you to develop self-discipline and makes you join study groups from different places to understand perspectives. Online teaching increases the engagement between the student and the teacher, resulting in personalised attention to the student. 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.
In the online environment, there are better opportunities to address student needs through multiple channels of communication with stronger assessments in the online platform. In this manner, teachers can customize lesson plans and connect more with their students. Tracking progress, recording information, and pacing are all simplified yet effective and efficient.
On the downside, all the wonderful mentioned advantages can be wiped away with network failure—no network, no classroom. Still, this is something that we are not unaccustomed to; think of when we go to higher grounds in hopes of a better signal on our phones. Teachers must work around the lost connections, stalled video feeds, and distorted microphone sounds. To add to the challenges or frustrations are delayed communications and loss of in-person contact that is granted in the social climate of a physical classroom. This is especially relevant for young learners who benefit from those social interactions, and comfort and guidance of the teacher. To top it off, if you are not technically inclined, the learning curve is quite high.
Just as you would when teaching offline, you must select subject, age range, and school. Teaching methodology, classroom management skills, and intrapersonal skills are still significant factors.
On the other hand, Classroom-based teaching is inflexible. Teachers usually can’t choose when they want to work. Once the timetable is drawn up, it’s quite difficult to change it. The teacher won’t be able to give your students the kind of individual attention that you can as an online teacher. In the offline mode or traditional classroom, teachers are challenged to be more creative and innovative in order to deliver lessons and capture students’ attention. Also, An online teacher’s work is mainly limited to lesson planning, teaching and giving feedback on homework. A classroom teacher will also have to design, invigilate and mark exams as well as manage the classroom.
Online learning is just one of the many ways the education industry is continually improving and increasing teaching quality that is essential to inspiring new learners. Online is the latest trending teaching method and growing in popularity by the day. It has proved efficient in providing a good work-life balance, allowing more possibilities than offline learning.
Just Remember that ‘Every person is different, and every teaching method does not fit everyone. So be aware that there are no two similar cases and you need to take into account what would work for you and only YOU.’