The pros and cons of traditional learning, online classes and hybrid programs
By Remington College Posted November 6, 2020
Before, many people might have envisioned attending college to look like waking up in a dorm, walking across campus and sitting in a row of desks while a professor lectured—in other words, a traditional four-year college.
With the advance of technology and the current pandemic, however, the definition of “college” has changed for many people. Some people may have opened their eyes to the possibilities of online classes, and schools are devising ways to incorporate hybrid programs.
Even trade schools and technical schools are now offering exclusively online college courses and hybrid programs in addition to traditional classroom learning.
The added choices can be exciting to potential students, but it might also be overwhelming as they face choices as to where to enroll and what to study. The good news is there’s no right or wrong answer. Choosing the right class format for you is something that depends on your lifestyle, learning style and personal preferences. Check out some of the pros and cons of these various classroom styles.
Traditional classroom learning
- Traditional classrooms typically offer more face-to-face time to connect with professors and peers than you might get in an online class.
- In-person classes may also be a good fit for kinesthetic learners, as they can offer hands-on experience with tools and techniques used in field
- In-person college programs require a commitment to regular class time, which might mean less flexibility for students with demanding schedules.
- Students must commute to campus regularly, meaning they must factor in both time and the cost of gas or public transportation.
- Online degree programs typically offer more flexibility, which can be great for parents or those already working full-time.
- There is no commute, making online degrees an option for students living far from campus or without reliable transportation.
- They can be well-suited for independent students who can pace themselves and stay disciplined.
- There is typically less face-to-face interaction with peers and professors in an online degree program than one would receive in a traditional classroom. Classes may or may not include discussion boards or video calls instead of regular class time.
- Not all degree programs can be taught entirely online, such as those requiring in-person labs or technical training.
- Students who struggle with self-discipline may find themselves falling behind without the structure of regular classes.
- Hybrid classes are taught partially online in addition to some in-person hours, making them more flexible than traditional classes while still offering opportunities for hands-on learning and face-to-face interaction.
- Less time on campus means fewer days commuting, saving money on transportation and time for students who live farther from campus.
- Hybrid degree programs still necessitate the same self-discipline and time management skills as other online classes, so students who require structure may do better in a traditional environment.
- Hybrid schools may also not be suitable for students who live very far from campus or who work 9-5 jobs that preclude them from attending the required in-person classes. These students might do better in a program that is fully online.
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