Traditional Classes vs. Online Classes
Traditional classes are the old fashioned approach to learning. Traditional classes involve being in a regular classroom setting on campus. Whereas, distance learning is a modern more technological approach to learning off-campus. Whether traditional or distance learning is better, depends entirely on the student.
Although the two have many differences, they also have some similarities. Both traditional and distance learning classes require the use of textbooks. They have the same text and same the same content. There is no difference in testing. Formal exams and assessments both play a major role in traditional classes and online classes. They serve as checkpoints to see if one has retained the information needed to successfully pass the course.
The traditional approach has some benefits. To begin with, in the traditional classroom setting students tend to be more alert. Staying alert makes it easier for students to focus on their tasks at hand. Secondly, the students have a better opportunity to succeed because they have direct contact with their instructors as well as other students. With this in mind, instructors are usually always available if students need further assistance. Furthermore, students can peer edit each other’s work. The levels of honesty among students are high. Students are less likely to cheat in the classroom.
As with benefits, we can come to expect some drawbacks. One unfortunate disadvantage is the cost of traditional classes. Traditional classes are more expensive. Fees include tuition, in-state tuition, general education fees, student service fees and information technology fees. Students have to pay for just about every resource used on campus. Secondly, you have to commute and have transportation or a way to come or go to...