Technologies have had a significant impact on all spheres of our lives so it is not a surprise that we’re seeing changes in the education sector too. Before technology, the traditional methods of learning with a physical location and scheduled learning classes were the norm but now e-learning is on the rise.
What is Traditional Learning?
Traditional learning is typical face-to-face learning that occurs in a brick-and-mortar facility or a physical location. Typically a group of students gather together in a physical location for specific periods of time and learn from an instructor/teacher. Traditional learning included paper-based exams and assignments.
What is ELearning?
ELearning or online learning takes place online. It is not restricted to a physical location or specified times. The teacher creates learning courses and content in the document, audio or video format and shares with a group of students over the internet. The students can access the material from anywhere around the world. The exams and assignments are online as well.
The Pros and Cons of e-Learning and Traditional Learning
Since eLearning does not restrict a person to a physical location or time, it has grown rapidly. But is eLearning really taking over the traditional learning?
There are certainly many advantages of eLearning over traditional learning but there is room to make improvements and make up for advantages that students have in traditional learning before it can really take over completely.
In a traditional classroom, teachers have to be on their toes to engage their students at all times. Sometimes the students don’t cooperate and they may be zoned out, bored or unfocused. The lack of engagement is a big challenge in traditional learning because the students don’t have the options to click rewind and go back to the part they stopped paying attention. This means they miss out important stuff.
Also accounting for a learner’s attention span is a problem in a traditional learning setting. Some students feel fatigued after 30 minutes while others after 45 minutes. There is no way to adjust that in a real-time environment. But despite these issues, once the students and teachers connect and find an engagement – it is effective! Students being surrounded by like-minded individuals, participating with their peers with enthusiasm and social energy are not something that can be replaced easily.
ELearning has tried to mimic the social aspects of traditional learning with tools like Facebook groups, message boards and chatbots to let the students feel more interactive. Of course, the students learn more naturally when they are solving problems together and feel validated or encouraged face-to-face in traditional learning.
From a teacher’s perspective, eLearning has tools to give them precise feedback on how the students are engaging with the course material. Teachers are able to see where the students get lost and can grade assignments with just a click.
ELearning is fantastic for students in many ways. They can go back and repeat the parts they don’t understand and find out additional information in their course materials. They can also pick and choose the time of their studies so it offers flexibility and ease. eLearning provides course content to the students which they can access anywhere at any time and which can remain with them for reference for a long period of time.
For these advantages, eLearning is growing in popularity; also because it reduces a lot of costs. MENA region has seen an explosion in e-Learning across many universities that have realized the true potential and advantages of this learning methodology. University of Bahrain, Islamic Online University, Tunisia, University of Creative Sciences in UAE, Hamdan Bin Mohammad e-University, UAE, Lebanese German University, Lebanon, Syrian Virtual University in Syria and Lebanese French University in Erbil, Iraq are a few examples of how eLearning is finding its way in the education sector in the MENA region.
One major advantage of eLearning is that students from all over the world can enroll themselves in courses of their choice. One challenge in this aspect is the language barrier. Universities and schools are hiring eLearning translation services providers to eliminate language barriers.
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