Virtual Learning vs. Classroom Learning: Which is Better and More Impactful

28 May 2018
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The current technological advancements in the way we use the internet have narrowed the bridge between virtual and classroom learning to quite an extent. Previously, online learning was strictly restricted to hear-and-learn with little scope of interaction. However, the scope of commenting and live features has removed that drawback and virtual classrooms are becoming more popular by the day. But in spite of the advancements, traditional classroom learning is yet to lose its fame and still hold certain definitive advantages over its online counterpart.


As more and more courses are going online, the debate over which is better and impactful requires close attention. Even school courses are now available in apps and websites, but do students learn to their full potential? Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but it is the question of which one outweighs the other. Let’s consider a few parameters and delve deeper into which is better – virtual learning or classroom learning?


Face-to-face interaction and group study

Irrespective of the technology available, classrooms are the clear winner here. No amount of virtual learning can match the environment that you will get in the classrooms of top schools in Sonipat or any other part of the world. Studies suggest that children learn better through face-to-face interaction and a group study also helps in developing their communication skills.

In a classroom, a student has the opportunity to clear out his/her doubts almost immediately. This requires the student to come out of his/her comfort zone and verbally communicate a question. In the virtual world, this process mainly involves typing in a comment, which may not improve your communication skills.


Access to study-materials and class notes

Virtual learning has the upper hand in this case. The main advantage of the internet is that you can access it anytime and from anywhere. You can watch a lecture on a particular topic multiple times or rewind to understand a certain portion that many times. In classrooms, you will have to match the pace of the lecturer and stay attentive all the time.

Same goes for the notes. In virtual learning, the lecture is generally available in the form of text or video transcript. In classrooms, you are required to note things down like dictations. There is a possibility of missing out on vital points or not understanding a topic at all. However, on the flip side, such instances in classrooms pose a challenge for the students to overcome which helps in the development of their problem-solving skills.


Discipline and deadlines

There’s more freedom with virtual learning. You can learn at your own time and pace. You can watch the lectures when you are free or take an exam when you feel prepared. In short, both the discipline and deadline are in your hands and the success of the course is up to you. At times, the absence of a proper deadline or a fixed time schedule can have adverse effects in the learning process and is not advisable for young pupils at all.


Left to their own, children do not have the proper reasoning skill to analyse the importance of a course. Fixed timings of schools, routine in classrooms and deadlines for submitting homework actually help a young mind to grow. The best school in Sonipat like Swarnprastha go that extra length to make classroom learning more fun and interactive so that their students can get the best from both worlds.


Experience in real-world activities

Online learning, no matter how good and resourceful is after all virtual. In today’s competitive world, application-based learning is of primary importance and only traditional classroom can provide that. Be it learning to handle an instrument, carrying out a chemical experiment or sharpening your public speaking skill, the level of learning is much more advanced when you do them in the real world.


The top schools include all forms of extra-curricular activities along with the academics in their curriculum. This helps young students to get the required exposure and choose their career paths better. With virtual learning, the choice is entirely based on the experience of the lecturer and the decision process is somewhat difficult. Modern classroom learning outperforms online learning here and will continue to do so for the next decade as well.


The bottom line

Just like online learning has its own perks, it can never match traditional classroom approach in certain areas. Virtual learning may be well suited for adult students who have to take care of their expenses along with schooling, but for young pupils, there can be no other alternative to classroom learning. The real world teaches a lot more than mere academics to a young mind and this knowledge is necessary to sustain his/her future life. The optimum solution is to extract the advantages of both the form of learning, combine them together and grow with everything at your disposal.


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