Approaches to teaching

Traditional classroom teaching and online teaching often stand at odds with one other. They both negate each other’s utility and benefits, claiming themselves to be superior. There is no doubt that both these approaches to education have their own pros and cons but calling one superior and the other inferior would be incorrect. To gain clarity about each approach, we need to assess them before deciding our sides.

Traditional Teaching Methods Online Teaching Methods
No flexible timing Flexible timings as per the students.
Students are taught with a common method. Personalized teaching methods are available.
Students learn social and communication skills by communicating with teachers and students. No interaction with other students, hence no social skill development.
Teachers can sense and address the emotional problems of the students. There is no real-life teacher-student contact. Hence, no emotional support.
The qualification gained in classrooms are considered more authentic by some universities and organizations. Organization and universities at times do not consider online courses as authentic.
There is no special technological requirement. Students and the instructors both need to have access to internet service and technical know-how.
It is often expensive to teach in a classroom due to the infrastructure and traveling costs involved. This method saves the cost of infrastructure and traveling.

Having read about how these approaches attract or repel the students, it should be considered that an amalgamation of the two can bring about a positive restructuring to the education sector. This change in the fundamental thinking will benefit the students, teachers and the parents. When the online teaching tools like grading systems, some recorded guest lectures are brought to the classroom curriculum, teaching and learning become better. By utilizing the online assessment and grading systems, teachers can save a majority of their time and effort. This effort can be channelized to instruct the students and solve their doubts if any.

In conclusion, it is necessary to understand that in the ever-evolving world, an absolute approach does not meet the dynamic needs of the students. It is, therefore, necessary to utilize the smart ways along with the hard-working ways.

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