Differences Between Traditional Learning And Online Learning

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Learning is an eternal process of acquiring knowledge. The present globalized world offers wide variety of opportunities to quench the thirst for mastering various skills. The modes of learning can be broadly classified into two categories, namely, traditional and online. The first type refers to an act of studying through hubs like schools, colleges, universities and research centers. On contrary, online learning facilities are generally independent of dedicated infrastructures and are based on gaining knowledge through computer or mobile like gadgets. Either modes of learning are characterized by their own techniques of teaching, assessing, grading and rewarding the students. Both traditional as well as e-learning techniques share a common…show more content…
In either of these approaches, there will be an instructor and a set of students desiring to attend the lecture (Pizzi C. et al. 2015). In traditional mode, the learners are expected to attend the sessions on a regular basis and are required to maintain a good record of attendance. Similar to this, even online learners are expected to be consistent in taking-up online sessions in order to maintain continuity of the subject. The duration of the course and the syllabus to be covered will be pre-decided in traditional as well as online learning techniques. Both students as well as lecturers must adhere to this schedule although they can take the liberty of re-organizing the individual sessions. In addition, both traditional and e-learning facilities are featured by a specific fee-structure for which the students are expected to be liable. Traditional mode of learning relies on the techniques like assignments, group discussions, quizzes, tests and exams to assess the enrollers. By grading and evaluating their results, the overall grade of the learners would be decided which in turn gives a measure of their success rate. Similar to this, even online mode of learning offers performance evaluation tests and reward the successful candidates by providing online…show more content…
At first, it is to be noted that traditional technique of coaching is infrastructure-based unlike online learning mechanism. This means, in former case, both instructors as well as learners are expected to commute to a dedicated building standing at a specific venue regularly. Further, they are supposed to arrive at this pre-committed venue on time failing which disciplinary actions will be undertaken. However, in the case of online schooling, this constraint is much relaxed as the necessity of commutation is overcome. The only expectation would be to login at a specific date and time in order to attend the webinar. This can happen on any internet-connected device including computer or mobile or tablet and can occur at any place: at home, at office or even while travelling in the bus. Now, if these webinars are recorded (or if there is a provision to do so) then even time of login becomes learner’s choice. That is, two pupils enrolling to the same course can take-up their lessons on different times (never mind whether it is day or night). Also, the students can re-attend the same session almost infinite number of times. Conversely, in traditional learning, the sessions once missed are lost forever as re-attending the same gathering is practically impossible. E-learning mechanisms are adaptable when it comes to the pace of learning unlike traditional learning

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