Learning is the most important aspect of a person’s life and one should never stop learning or stop being a student. Earlier, learning was a bit difficult for various reasons like less number of educational institutes, transport problems, etc. But after the technology boom, learning isn’t that difficult. With all the content in your pocket, it’s just about curiosity and enthusiasm to learn new things. Both, the traditional classroom learning style or the modern-age online learning has pros and cons in their own ways. Let’s look at both ways in detail to have much more clarity about the better way of learning.
Firstly, talking about classroom study, it’s probably the most used technique by students all over the world. It has benefits like meeting and networking with some of the smart and creative minds. The friendship built-in school or college is a bond that remains throughout a lifetime. Along with friendship, it also builds teacher-student relationships. A teacher can be a guide and a mentor for a lifetime and can change someone’s way of living. If you have any doubts it can be cleared on the spot with a face-to-face clarification. The teacher can guide you according to your interests, performance, and strengths. It provides an environment where all students can learn and experience together which also helps in teamwork ability. It is a journey to be cherished throughout life.
Having said that, there are also some major cons in this system of learning. Firstly, it is a high-cost investment. The amount of fee charged is usually high and then costs like travel and commodities add up. So, it is not affordable for the less financially fortunate people. This is the major cause of illiteracy in India as there are many people who cannot afford to go to schools or colleges. Another major problem is that today, the curriculum of most educational institutes is outdated. The syllabus was designed years back and still, it is the same with little or no change. With the changing times, the technologies and the process to do something changes. It becomes very necessary that the students are taught what is required in the industry which unfortunately doesn’t happen in most educational institutes. Learning is a constant process but in that process, one can realize that his/her interests don’t match with what they are learning. In classroom-based learning, all the students need to learn the same and pre-decided subjects. They do not get the freedom to choose the subjects according to their wish. Many times, students are not interested in a subject but they are forced to study and hence they are not able to perform well. Also, a majority of schools and colleges do not teach real-life skills or technical knowledge. They usually focus on theoretical knowledge but they forget that “Application of knowledge is power.”
The online learning method on the other hand is almost the reverse of classroom-based learning. With advancements in technology over the decade, online learning is shaping up and starting to dominate the learning industry. All the cons of classroom learning turn into pros in this way of learning. The biggest advantage one can get from it is you don’t need to go anywhere in order to learn new things. You just need an active internet connection and a smart device. That’s it to begin your learning journey. Much of the content is freely available in the form of videos and blogs. But there are also paid courses in which you have an instructor to guide you in a systematic manner. Although, these courses are paid the price is way lesser compared to school/college fees. You can ask your doubts to the instructor through various forums at any time. Also, in this case, you have the freedom to choose courses according to your interests and pursue your passion. You can learn different things at the same time and experiment with what you love to do the most. The instructors are from all around the world and can teach you some of the most essential skills with in-depth practical knowledge that is actually required in the industry.
There are only a few cons of learning online like staying consistent. People usually tend to divert from online courses but they should have strong willpower to learn. Although there is less communication between you and your mentor, you can always make a good connection with them. You cannot make a lot of new friends, but we can share the learnings with others whom we know and in general helping others from what you have learned. The online learning industry has been developing and working to fill the gaps and make the experience better and better.
After looking at the pros and cons of both the learning styles, it completely depends on you and your situation to choose between the two. But in the 2020s and ahead, online learning will be the best possible way to hone your skillset. Degrees will no longer be relevant and it will be all about skills and experience. So, make sure to use the most of online learning because the content is more easily available than ever before!