Virtual class vs Physical class
Till the beginning of 2020, physical (offline) classes were prevalent across the globe. Virtual (online) classes did exist but were largely overshadowed by physical classes. With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, all services stood at a standstill. This meant that education too had been haltered. With education being one of the most important sectors in society, a solution to resume classes was the need of the hour. All this, while following the necessary safety protocols. This resulted in virtual classes booming up and now education is carried out virtually worldwide. This brings up the debate about which mode of learning is better.
Let us first take a look at virtual classes. The digital age and rise in technologies made education to be taken online feasible. Hence, they are technology-driven. Teachers can utilize numerous tools to enhance the learning environment and make classes learner-centric. This helps engage students and also diversifies sources of knowledge and provides updated content. Virtual classes ensure that anyone from any part of the world has access to education and removes geographical barriers. They also save time and money as you learn at your home as there is no need for commuting to school. They also ensure that timetables are flexible as students always have access to the class recordings, which they can refer to when they happen to miss a class. Another observation is that students are more comfortable in asking their doubts in a virtual classroom. This allows students to have more freedom while learning.
It might seem like virtual education is the way to go. Then why was not implemented on a large scale so far? It comes with its limitations. Students must have access to a device, preferably a computer, and a stable internet connection. While, it is accessible to most students, there are cases where it is difficult to procure and maintain these facilities. During virtual classes, there is no real connection between the students and the teacher as like in physical classes. They only have virtual access to their teachers. Also, they do not get to socialize much. As there are no physical meetings, they do not get the chance to bond with their classmates and build personal friendships. Most importantly, virtual classes require proper planning and strong willpower from the students. They can be easily distracted and tempted to lose focus in class and do something else.
Physical classes on the other hand provide students with an environment to learn and grow with fellow peers. They use traditional teaching methods like chalk on board, lecture notes, laboratory sessions etc. This method forces students to be active in class since there are hardly any distractions. They can also be inspired by their peers and actively participate in various extracurricular activities that help build life skills. It encourages discussions in class and enhances the learning experience as you get to see different views of the same topic. They also present the opportunity to socialize and make meaningful friendships. Also, an environment like the school helps build self-discipline in students.
This also means that students must commute to school and sometimes the journey can be long and tiring. Students don’t have the luxury to slack off in class as they cannot look back at the classes again at a later time. Classes also tend to be teacher-driven rather than learner-centric. Many students feel uncomfortable asking doubts in front of the whole class, which results in uncleared doubts.
Having looked at the pros and cons of both physical and virtual learning, it not easy to pick the better one. Both are two different, yet effective methods of learning. Hence, it is the student that decides which one is suitable for them. The type of learning which enables the student to learn effectively is the one that they will prefer.
At MySkool we provide virtual classes, while also restricting the admission of students to a minimum for each live class. This is done to ensure that students don’t miss out on quality student-teacher interaction. We implement the best of both modes of education to provide the best learning experience to every student.