photo by Lindsey Camp

by Keegan Crum, staff writer

One of the biggest dilemmas schools face is whether or not online learning is better than traditional face-to-face learning.

The decision between online versus traditional learning is one that has been debated upon because technology is so advanced.

“I would rather learn online because it is easier and more convenient,” junior Larry Meisner said. “My work ethics and attention span wouldn’t be at its highest like it would in an actual school environment.”

Traditional learning is best described as a teacher-centered classroom where students are learning the curriculum in person with their instructor. Whereas online learning has no set definition, but can be identified as learning with the assistance of a computer or the internet with a set curriculum.

Traditional learning has set time limits to fit each subject into the eight-hour school day. Through online learning, students received the same information, but they will be doing so through a computer screen on their own time.  

Although many people feel online learning is more convenient, it, just like anything else, has its downfalls.

Online learning puts students at a disadvantage socially because they are only learning to communicate with their teachers rather than adapting to social environments.

The reduced cost of online learning is not worth the lost instruction time during the week when a student is not able to reach out to his educator after school hours.

“At school you can connect with real people instead of through a computer,” English teacher Brandon Standing said.

Benefits of traditional learning include the close, comfortable setting in which students can approach their instructors to ask questions before, during, and after the instruction.

More problems online learners face is the lack of a classroom setting to keep them focused. Being at home in their own setting allows students to do as they please and not really appreciate the opportunity of the course being offered.

According to an article from EdTech Magazine seventy-two percent completion rate for online classes at colleges, compared to seventy-six for traditional face-to-face courses. 

In a traditional classroom, the instructor has the ability to keep his students engaged and focused the entire learning session.

“Online classrooms have deadlines that you would not be able to make up or compensate for compared to traditional classrooms where, if you miss an assignment, students may have the opportunity to touch base with the teacher and make up the assignment,” administrator James Lockhart said.

Students learn better from traditional learning because it provides motivation from peers and teachers.

Online learning requires more self-motivation and interaction which could greatly affect people depending on their tolerance for such a secluded learning choice.