According to Herbert Spencer, the great aim of education is not knowledge but action. Education is an essential part of our life and it is hard for anyone to oppose the importance of education in this generation. People should continue to learn no matter what happens. Face to face learning is the traditional mode of education and it has been used for so many years to pass information. Technology has advanced in this era and it has facilitated another mode of education called online learning. Both modes have their pros and cons. This issue have pose a problem to both the students and schools who needs to choose a better mode for learning. There is much controversy over which type of learning is better given the fact that both modes, that is, face to face and online learning are both effective. There are many people who prefer face to face learning because they students have more access to learning materials and resources, it is easier and more rewarding for teachers and many proprietors prefer hiring employees who have gained their degrees through the traditional way of learning (Casement). Face to face learning is a better mode of education than the online learning. Therefore, online learning is not as good as face to face learning.
This regard of face to face to learning being a better type of education learning can be justified by citing many claims. To mention a few of these claims include there are more available resources...
that can be accessed easily by students and the teachers gets a chance to interact with their students. For instance, in online learning students are physically separated from the college which have effect on the interaction a student can have with faculty or peers and campus offices. Students without these advantage can suffer academically. Social interaction is one of the most vital part of school life for any student (Vissa). Face to face learning is also more personal and fulfilling for teachers and students and can also be less perturbing for teachers. There won’t be no need to rework on the material taught by the teacher for online learning which normally consumes a lot of time when traditional mode of education is used for learning.
The technology and tools that are used for online learning may not be easy to use. This can arise especially when the teacher is unfamiliar to the teaching technology and the tools used. This will make harder for teachers to formulate concrete schooling practices. Online learning can be impersonal and relationally unrewarding for teachers because there is no physically interaction experienced between both parties hence there is no any productive relationship established to help each other. The social interaction developed through traditional learning between teachers and students can provide job satisfaction. Students get a chance to interact and know their instructors in and out class and this help in building a relationship where teachers can become role models and counsellors. Online learning does not offer this opportunity as it can lead to instructors missing out on sharing and experiencing th
excitement and passion a student can gave for class. For example, student’s body language such as facial expressions and how they react can to class teachings can be rewarding for a teacher.
It is worth noting that the suitability of how online learning can meet the objectives taught for a particular course is not well known up to now. This mode of teaching is can be effective in passing knowledge that dwell on artless memorization such as remembering the basic structure of an organization. Lower order learning objectives can be fulfilled by online learning but it cannot meet the objectives needed in higher order learning. In face to face graduate units, students in experimental and rhetorical courses can exhibit their appreciative and mastery of communication theories by teaching the theory in class, they can criticize the theory by providing their arguments and they can also ask questions regarding the theory (Bejerano). Information will be passed to students through internet but they will not be able to have the necessary experience that reflects on the kind of situations that students will encounter later on their careers.
Face to face mode of learning is better than online learning. Online education has been offered in the educational programs but it can be seen from the content above that technology does not always facilitate the right type or good quality of information that is being passed across to students. Face to face learning has many superior attributes such as students having access to more learning materials, higher chance of getting employed, developing of a good relationship between student and a teacher and it is rewarding for both parties at the end. These advantages are the key elements when one is learning and that is why traditional way of learning is better.
- Bejerano, Arleen R. “Face to face or online instruction; Face to face is better.” knowledge for communicating well (2008): 1. Publication of the National Communication Association.
- Casement, William. “Will Online learning lower the price of college?” Journal of college admission (2013): 14-18.
- Vissa, Lya. “Trends and issues in Distance education.” International Perspectives (2014).