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Classroom Training vs. Online Training

If we look back, we still remember our school and college days. We hold lot of memories of our classrooms and batch mates. Today, as the life continues to become busy day by day, and with the huge interference or dependence, I would call it, on technology and internet those traditional classrooms have been replaced by virtual classes.

Next question that comes to mind is – Which is better??

Aah, believe me; no one can give a clear cut answer to this. Both options have their own pros and cons. It is only after analyzing which, one can choose between the two, depending on his requirement and time availability.

At the most, we can offer some helpful information and our expert opinion to give you the pros and cons for both.

Read on for an in detail look at the pros and cons of classroom training vs. online training:

Parameters

Classroom Training

Virtual Training

Audience engagement

It is more effective in case of classroom training as all the parameters of communication skills can be observed like body language, gestures, expressions etc.

While in Online training audience can be engaged and asked to participate in the discussions but not all parameters of communication skills get covered in it.Though, it is widely popular amongst adults as it serves the immediate job needs.

Convenience

Live classroom training typically follows a specific schedule and requires students to be present at a given time and at a specific location. In case any learner misses class due to illness, time off or general inconvenience, they are often at a disadvantage.

Here the advantage lies with the learner, as it is more convenient to log in from anywhere in the world for a class. If they even miss out a session they can be provided with the recorded ones.

Cost

In case of Live classroom class, there are many associated costs like: infrastructure costs, travel costs, training material cost, accommodation expenses etc.

No travel costs. Teach and learn from anywhere. Virtual training materials intend to save paper cost as well. The only associated cost is of internet access and a system to connect.Here, employees can fit it into their own schedules without completely disrupting their other work duties.

Protected learning

Live classroom training promotes a distraction-free environment where one can really absorb the material. Learners tend to benefit from an instructor who can monitor and steer the environment in which they learn.

Virtual training often takes place at your desk or at home, where interruptions are common and unavoidable. Many a times the learners have to take pauses and if not, then they really can’t be that attentive. In turn, the efficiency and productivity is lost.

Training Adaptability

Classroom training is supposed to be restrictive in nature. It focuses on a group of people at the same time. No matter that group training enables learners to participate in discussions, but sometimes they feel that some concepts and topics are stretched if a mix group is sitting in the classroom as their interest and requirements might not match.

Virtual training allows learners to start at the level that makes the most sense to them, skipping the stuff that they already know and spending time on new concepts and learning.

Trainer Resources and Scale

Classroom training as it requires proper infrastructure and training resources, it sometimes become limited in case there is scarcity of any of the resources.Hence, in tough situations It is not advisable at all.

This is more suitable and advisable in a situation of trainer resource scarcity as number of learners can be served and catered through a single resource.

Maintenance

In case of classroom training, the courses with new updates, requires the trainers to upgrade their knowledge along with the learners to every time enroll in for the course if they want to keep themselves in pace with the changes.

Technical courses are subject to frequent updates, in that case Virtual classes are easy  to conduct as the training materials can be updated once and it can be reflected out to all learners in one go.

Facilities

Training facilities that are required to be provided in case of classroom training much more as compared to Virtual ones.Example: we need projectors, lab infrastructure, space, whiteboards, supplies, admins and much more.

While online classes require a system and internet at user end.It would be unfair if we do not state that some learning costs are still there to be considered under “Facility”. For example, you need development software and possibly at learning management system (LMS) to launch and track the courses

Consistency in Teaching style

There are exceptional trainers in the world, but everybody’s style is different. Even their own style is subject to changes.Consistency is a concern with classroom content.

In case there is a requirement to keep the content same each time then eLearning is a better option.  

Personalized touch

Offering a course to a much larger number of users, could be practically trained in a classroom setting.Learners get an interactive and participative environment and they can have the personalized touch of the trainer and his expert skills.

E-Learning courses even allow personalized effect but only limited to course materials and assessment. It applies to a relatively smaller group.Advantage here is that learners can scroll through the course later at their own pace and revisit topics if they have the recorded sessions.

Collaboration in learning

It’s tough to address the needs of different levels of learners in a single class. It requires to give additional attention to slow learners, it can be managed and others can be made to understand if we cover few topics again

It’s easier to work with different learner types. We can divide a single virtual classroom into different breakout sessions, and let students of different levels learn at their own pace, while the teacher moderates and facilitates.

Evaluation

Evaluation involves taking tests, and handing in manually-graded assignments. It is more time-consuming andresults are slow.

Here we can expect to have automated online tests where evaluation is pretty faster, results can be generated quickly and students can be provided with instant feedbacks for improvement.

Recording

Class takes place and if you forget to note something down or can’t attend, you tend to miss it.

Here, sessions are recorded, including audio, video and even screen. Students can review it later all the given illustrations, explanations and methods. Both, students’ and teachers’ performances can be evaluated later based on the recordings.

Common Distractions

Common distractions that hinder the flow of classroom training includes: tea breaks, lunch breaks, student interruptions, and administrative details.

Here common distractions include internet problems, and students indulging in other online activities.

 

Hence, to conclude we can say that each methodology has its own pros and cons. It totally depends on the convenience of the learners which mode of training they prefer based on the availability of time. Smart way could be to give a combination or option of both to the learners, which you get at NETWORKERS HOME.

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