E-learning or traditional classroom?

Germany
June 8, 2010 3:23pm CST
Since Internet exists, many courses and careers are offered on internet which can be realized online, easily from home. A person can inscribe his or herself directly through internet, gets all material send over and can start learning. All questions can be realized by a chat with the teacher or just by sending an email and all doubts will be explained and answered. It seems to be very easy and save time. Even the rates for the studies are much cheaper than in a private school. So online students not only save time, but also money. There are plenty of oportunities to study and it doesn't mind how old you are. You can realize courses at any time. Did you already realized an online course or do you still prefer traditional classroom with a teacher in front of you? Are you able to study alone or do you prefer to share your studies and experience with other students?
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• United States
8 Jun 10
I think I prefer the traditional classroom but with some technology mixed in. I haven't had just an internet class, but i'd like to try one. I think I would like it too, but I am a very social person and would also like the interaction with the teacher and other students. But since I like technology, I do like some sort of mix with it. Perhaps meeting once a week and then doing the rest on line or something would be my overall preference.
@chanlot (191)
• Indonesia
9 Jun 10
yes .. I agree, I also prefer the traditional classroom, because we can interact with other students and teachers directly and we can ask directly to the teacher if there are lessons that we have not yet understood. For me I only use online learning as an additional reference to reinforce the lesson that was my take from the lessons that have been submitted by teachers at school. Online learning may be extremely useful and a choice for people who are very busy, for example artist. because they do not have time to do traditional schools,so choose an online school. In their minds "The important thing is I got a science and a diploma from the school"
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• Germany
9 Jun 10
Combination of courses in a traditional classroom and learning on Internet might be the ideal solution. Actually, plenty of schools already introduced computers with interactiv learning programms in their lessons, so students are learning to use a computer since their youngest childhood. But it's also true that 'time' is like a treasure which we often miss, so for persons who want to or need to learn something e-learning might be the best solution.
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
I am the same as chanlot. I am a full time student and I am studying in a branch campus. Often I would further my understanding in a subject by listening to online lectures from the main campus. Not that my lecturers are incompetent but I would definitely gain as much knowledge as I can from both sides of the university, my campus and the main campus.
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@catalyser (531)
• Malaysia
8 Jun 10
It might work for some courses but not for all. Some courses are very technical and in reality, when you go out there in the working world, you will work with other people in teams and not just by yourself. So the interaction you get working with other students on a group assignment or a lengthy experiment is all to get you ready to work in groups. Now interactions and people skills cannot be learned, as far as I know but it has to be put into practiced. Getting the knowledge in class is another thing but actually utilizing it with other people, debating your ideas, defending it is another. All that cannot be obtained from a computer screen but from real life interactions. I am not saying that online learning is utterly useless. I am just saying that there are pro's and cons to it and I am just laying out the pro's of learning in an actual classroom.
• Germany
8 Jun 10
You are right, not everything can be learned online. Many studies or professions need practice too. But many other courses can be realized online. Further to the interaction and discussions, those can be realized on Internet through chats, forums and also through email. But even between those which you are able to study online, would you rather prefer a traditional classroom?
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
Yes. I would still prefer a traditional classroom. I prefer being in a classroom rather than staring at a computer scree. No matter how inconvenient it is. But then again, I am young, I am a full time student so I don't have to juggle work, family and all other things. My perspective might change in a couple of years if I decide to further my studies while juggling my own family and work at the same time
@xtinelee (3378)
• Singapore
9 Jun 10
I still prefer a traditional classroom with a teacher in front of me. I think there's still a place for teachers to exist in today's classroom, which is why most lessons are still traditional in nature, and not through e-learning style. I think it takes a lot of discipline and maturity to do 100% of e-learning for a course. I don't think I have that big amount of discipline to go online and do my work I guess. Anyway it's more fun when you can meet your classmates and talk all day long about other things.
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• Germany
10 Jun 10
Well, studying online you also have a teacher with whom you may comment all your doubts. The only difference is that you don't see him sitting in front of you, as you see the computer instead. You also may use the chats to discuss all your studies with other students which are realizing the same studies as you. Then are there webcams, and so on. So the job for teachers never will stop, they are always needed. There are plenty of possibilities to stay in contact with others. It really might be a problem off discipline and maturity.
• India
9 Jun 10
well in my case, it should be traditional classroom work. Because, not all the courses can be thought online. For instance many laboratory experiments cannot be carried online, It rather needs a well established lab. I am not talking about the computer practicals or the dry lab. I am talking about the wet lab. We need to have good equipments to carry out the practicals. In case of computer languages, you can make use of online web courses
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• Germany
10 Jun 10
That's true, not everything can be tought online. But those you could choose between online or in a classroom, you still would prefer the classroom? Which kind of studies someone preferes depends also on what we really want to study.
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
9 Jun 10
I am studying online at the moment. I started half a year ago and I like it a lot. I live in a village in the countryside and if I had to pay for gas or bus fares every day that would get pretty expensive. That is one of the things that I really like about it, the other thing is the freedom that I have. I am able to plan everything on my own and as long as I have access to the internet I can study anytime during the day (or during the night). I have a laptop and a wireless internet connection, so when I am going away for a few days I can simply bring my laptop and study somewhere else for a while.
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• Germany
9 Jun 10
Congratulations. It was surely a right decission and I hope you will have plenty of success with your online studies. I also started an online course last week because of the same reasons as you explained, I can study any time during the day or even during the night at home or at any place. It is very comfortable by this way.
@amithkp (56)
• India
9 Jun 10
it is nice to have only self courses so that it wud rather save time and money but there some people as they need to be realized about selfstudy through internet not only rather saving money but help people to have good eduction for those who may not be able to reach such and such places far away but sum poor people cant even afford this education due to their poverty so they should be aware of loans provided fore studies this study will be helpful in every field so that no need suffer any one
• United Kingdom
9 Jun 10
I suppose E learning is the way to go although I'm sure that there are a number of people that favour the traditional classroom method of learning. It's good to have a teacher present so that you can throw questions at him or her in order to further your understanding of the subject at hand! It is much more convenient if you can study and do all your learning at home via the Internet and this certainly saves on travel costs as well. The other good thing about going to a classroom is the fact that you can share ideas and relate to your class colleagues and this also helps with grasping information I think. I guess the best idea is to have a balance and get the best of both worlds! There can be a time whereby you attend a class on a course and another time whereby you can study solely via the Internet at home. There's certainly a lot of good study material online although a fair amount of research needs to be carried out first in order to establish quality! I used to study and I attended a course at college. I really enjoyed my time there and I have no regrets, I got my qualification in the end and that part of my life is over. I still enjoy learning and I do a lot of my learning and research online now. Andrew
@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
9 Jun 10
My feeling about this is that the difference between E learning at home and conventional classroom with students is of course the human element,not so much the acquiring of knowledge but the interaction between students which is where relationships built up during that period leads to other things.Permanent bonds of friendship or even in certain cases love relationships that leads to marriage etc can only happen in a environment like that.Whereas its unlikely one can forged any strong bonds of friendship if you study at home minus the interaction with other people.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
9 Jun 10
I'm to the point where I prefer online classrooms to the more traditional ones without question at this point. Sure there are benefits, but there are just certain things in a traditional classroom that just annoy me to no end. There was a lot of the time where I thought I could accomplish this task in half the time and still get the same grade, but it was dragged out, in a traditional classroom. In online classrooms, I can and I do. Online classrooms do require a lot of good time management skills. You are working at your own schedule and sometimes it can be a hurdle that many students struggle to overcome. Asking them to manage time could be too much for hope for. Still, once you get it down, being in an online classroom environment is pretty much easier at least to me than being in a more traditional classroom. I feel like I have a lot less stress personally online that in the physical classroom. However, some students do work better in a traditional classroom environment. Which is all well and good. We all learn differently. Whatever works for you. However, I think online is best for me. There is just too much wasted time in a physical classroom and on the Internet, I can work around whatever schedule I have. If I wanted to go to class at midnight, you better believe I will.
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
E-learning is good but undoubtedly, I still go for traditional classroom learning. Nothing compares to face-to-face interaction where a perfect two-way flow of ideas can transpire. Added to that is the discipline that will be instilled to the student when he/she has to follow schedules, accomplish things with others, etc.
@setsuna26 (2410)
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
I believe there are those who like the learning in the traditional way just like me but that doesnt mean i dont think learning through the net is ineffective. I just feel like learning more when i have a teacher infront of me, and i have nothing against learning through the net. I also have a couple of friends using the learn from the net method and they are not having a hard time dealing with it. But i think if its going to be me then its going to be one heck of a hard time for me. But it wont be the same story if i will be inside the classroom listening to the teacher himself. In the end its more like a case to case basis of whats good for who.
@reetu3 (264)
• India
9 Jun 10
i think both have some advantages and disadvantages...the best method is one by which children can understand be it traditional or classroom....the aim of both the methods is to make students understand and whatever be the method if a child understands then it is good...
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
I am an advocate of study online. Although, I finished my course in physical college. Mine, was a sort of home study; I was meeting my teacher once a week only. I prefer to persuade people who are still interested in going to school but due to some circumstances like lack of time, lack of funds and other things cannot make it; Go online study. It is better to take this kind of system to save money and time. You don't have to spend for your transporation everyday, no uniforms to wear, no extra curricular expenses. All you have to do is log in and answer all your modules. You can study at you own pace. If you want to finish ahead or you want to delay your graduation you can do it. If you are into this system, the only tool you can built in yourself is to be honest. To be honest to study your lessons well. Don't let any body do your work.