Online classes vs Traditional classes Thesis Statement
Online Classes vs Traditional Classes: “Mom! I miss my classes and my teachers.” This coming from my teenaged daughter really surprised me and I thought that she was pulling my leg. “Yes ma, I also miss my school and friends” added my younger one. This set me thinking that the children are actually missing their school. Even though they used to find it a huge task to get up in the morning and get ready and go to school. The morning scene in most households is the same as the mothers running around and getting the children ready and sending them off to school. Then the task of getting them to finish their homework and studying.
With the COVID-19 situation worldwide worsening and the Government delaying the reopening of schools, it does not seem anytime soon that the children will be going back to school. Also, the parents are also quite apprehensive about sending their children to school in the present day scenario. There is a paradigm shift in online classes now. With the advent of technology and reluctance of parents the online scenario seems to be becoming a reality lot sooner than later.
Traditional classes require students to attend classes physically. They need to visit the campus actually. This system of imparting education to the newer generation has been around for ages and is most comfortable for all. It allows for the interaction of the students with their teachers and also with their peers which is an important part of the development of an individual. It enables the communication of the students with the teacher and with each other. The students are more responsive and feel that they have to meet their deadlines. They are more conscious of their grades. In this system the students are not engaged in academics only they are observing, learning, adapting, socializing, and picking up communication skills. They are growing physically, emotionally, and socially. It instills discipline and motivation in the students.
Traditional classes have a downside too. The location, commuting, lack of flexibility, nonavailability of lectures after hours, etc are some of the difficulties faced by the students.
Online classes are classes that take place over the internet. It offers a multitude of openings for the students. All the learning takes place over the internet in the virtual classroom. The students do not physically visit the classroom. The disadvantages of the traditional classroom are all the attractions of the online classes. The student can learn anything, anywhere, anytime. There is total flexibility and the student chooses which class to attend and when to attend. It does not matter if the courses he wishes to study are not available in a nearby institution, he can always opt for online classes. Also, the videos of all the classes are available to the students at all times.
However, online classes also have some drawbacks. The lack of interaction and communication with the teachers and other students, low retention by the students, immediate clarifications may not be possible, students do not learn to function as a group, poor connectivity, etc.
ONLINE CLASSES Vs TRADITIONAL CLASSES
Online classes are the need of the hour and the shift towards it is happening much earlier and faster than the thought of. It is clear that online education is here to stay.
The students are the ones who will be most affected by this shift. Young children will take some time to get used to the new method of learning. For students used to campus education and personal attention and interaction, the shift to online education may take some adjustment. The students will become tech-savvy at a very young age. The students will have to be very disciplined and get in the habit of doing a lot of self-study.
The teachers need to be given special training to make effective presentations and handle online classes. They have to be trained to use the various software and learn new methods of teaching the age-old syllabi. There will have to be a complete shift in the way of teaching and conducting examinations.
PROBLEMS IN INDIA
In a country like India, there will be a lot of problems initially as the students have to have a good internet connection, dedicated gadgets, teachers need the training to teach online, parents need to be educated on how the system will work. A major part of the population resides in villages and small towns, to popularise online classes and make it effective in those regions will require dedicated effort on the part of the Government, Institution, Teachers, Parents, and Students. Also, there is a need to constantly monitor online education to ensure that students do not engage in any malpractices. Many of the parents are still illiterate and the task of convincing them about this change would be herculean.
However, all said and done the shift is essential in the current lockdown scenario and we all have to work together to ensure that the current young generation is not deprived of good education and traditional classes just because of our reluctance to change.