Classroom vs Online Teaching | SpEd@home


The recent global pandemic not only uprooted our ways of lives but also flipped the education system on its head. Online classrooms replaced physical one-on-one learning. This new virtual classroom has been quite the experience for both teachers and students who are accustomed to the traditional style of teaching. Let’s take a look at the most prominent differences between traditional learning and e-learning.

Learning environment

It is easier to control the learning environment in an institution as opposed to when you are in a virtual classroom. An online setup means that it is solely upon the teacher to create a friendly classroom environment that demands a traditional classroom-like decorum. A dedicated work space creates a routine you’d expect from a traditional classroom and ensures that students behave in a respectful manner throughout class.

The evolution of teaching

In a traditional classroom, it is easy to teach with the help of physical objects like charts, cards, and other written instructions. However, this can be difficult to execute in an online classroom. Teachers have to now find ways to add creativity to their lessons. Students are at risk of losing interest in an intensely verbose class which is quite the challenge

 Monitoring and Feedback

Physical classrooms allow teachers to move around the class and monitor students which means they can pick up the earliest signs of boredom or confusion. This becomes difficult in virtual classrooms as teachers are unable to receive real-time feedback on their lessons- hindering their ability to modify or revise their teaching style.

All said and done, it is notable how teachers have adapted to virtual classroom formats and are in the process of overcoming all challenges they face along the way.