Online learning has been around for a while, but the introduction of remote learning during the pandemic changed how many institutions approached online learning. Because of this, the decision of whether to attend an institution online vs in-person learning is a hotter topic now than ever before.
Education is now more accessible as it is easy to connect using FaceTime, Google Meet, or Zoom. Digital learning is a valuable asset to students, teachers, and institutions. This blog post discusses the similarities and differences between the two in making an informed choice.
Similarities and Differences of Online and In-Person Learning
Even with the rise in online learning, many people still feel in-person education is the best. According to studies, over 90% of organizations today use e-learning compared to only 4% in 1994. The changing landscape requires you to understand which choice will be best for your situation.
Physical Learning Offers More Hands-On Experience
In-person learning allows you to interact with other learners and instructors in a physical setting. This provides opportunities to learn firsthand through seeing and acting. Face-to-face interaction is essential for greater clarity and understanding than online training. Human contact is vital to enjoy hands-on learning.
Online Training Offers More Flexibility
Taking online classes enables you to be flexible with the timing of traditional physical learning. Individuals in remote locations or who have responsibilities can time their learning schedules when free with no distractions. You also have time to go over unfinished work without strain on resources or looking for time to travel to the instructor.
In-Person Training Allows Learning to Take Place at the Same Pace
Physical learning makes it easy to keep track of your learning progress with others. There are many people in the same setting. You can interact with them closely and request clarifications easily and fast. You can get extra time to consult with the instructor on online learning. The only problem is the difficulty of getting the right time for consultations. It is common to lag behind others in an online learning setting.
Online Training Is Cost-Effective
Education has increasingly become expensive over the past years. Online training can help reduce these costs as it saves on various expenses you would need for physical education. Some typical costs are:
- Transportation costs: You don’t need to travel anywhere to attend classes with online learning, reducing wear and tear or money required for gas.
- Housing costs: With online learning, you can live anywhere and study. You don’t need any hotel or rental fees near the school.
- Course costs: With physical learning, schools require money to maintain buildings, compensate staff, and more. You will not pay for resources you don’t use with online learning.
Is an Online Learning or In-Person Program Best for Me?
There are benefits and drawbacks to both in-person and online training. Your choice will depend on your situation, budget, course, and ease of learning with any option. At Southern Careers Institute, we have the right learning programs for you to decide whether you want to attend online or in-person learning. Contact us to learn more about SCI’s online and on-campus programs.
This article was published on: 01/4/22 5:10 AM
* SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI. As an accredited post-secondary institution, SCI has various federal financial assistance programs available for students who qualify and are enrolled in SCI programs. This does not apply to seminar students.