In the debate of online education vs traditional education, there is a clear winner. The extension of e-learning is proving its advantages and benefits compared to traditional methods, but the social factor continues to have a lot of weight in the conversation.
So, which is more effective?
Online education for language teaching has a growing following in public and private schools, colleges and universities. Methodologies such as blended learning or flipped classroom have become very popular and there are language classrooms around the world following these models.
There are many reasons that make online education stand out from traditional education, although there are five main reasons, as we mentioned on this blog a while ago in the article “5 Reasons Why Online Education is More Effective.” Back then we were defending the effectiveness of virtual campuses and interactive content, but after the latest events of this global crisis, the subject is once again the talk of many experts who point out that e-learning makes the best coronavirus vaccine, at least in terms of education. Let’s review what these reasons are for Online Education vs Traditional Education.
The five reasons to choose Online Education vs Traditional Education
#1 Students learn much more than with traditional courses because they can study at their own pace. Furthermore, content curation and multimedia features help students retain concepts and maintain interest.
#2 Online learning has higher retention rates because they provide greater flexibility in terms of time, allowing students to balance time spent on courses with other occupations and obligations. So, here it comes another point for online education versus traditional education.
#3 An online course requires less time: the students themselves decide how much time to dedicate to studying each day or week, which guarantees that the time spent is effective and they aren’t forced to attend classes on a rigid schedule.
#4 Online courses allow for more frequent assessments, reducing student distractions (continuous assessments with frequent results that motivate students to excel or reinforce their confidence in what they’ve learned).
#5 It is a greener option: by saving paper and saving on CO2 emissions per student by eliminating commuting, online courses help take care of the environment and reduce pollution.
In terms of language classes, the introduction of voice recognition allows students to practice and be assessed on one of the most important language skills: oral fluency, and online communities help fill the lack of social contact, which has always been noted as inferior when it comes to online teaching.
To this, we must add that methods such as blended learning or flipped classroom, which combine the best of each type of teaching with blended learning, are the perfect models to begin with e-learning and start taking advantage of all its benefits.