Distance education or Traditional Education



Distance education is a system of learning whereby knowledge ispassed without an individual necessarily attending a class. It isoften offered online via mails whereby notes and assignments aretransmitted to learners. This E- learning process is provided tolearners who are often separated from information sources by time aswell as distance. It is composed of live web- conferences coursesconducted at live schedules in which one logs into a virtualclassroom and participates in lesson (Edwards, 2011). Here you canask and answer questions in real time and interact with the tutor aswell as other classmates. Also, there are video courses in which thelecturer is taped in a video and then it is places on the websitewhere learners can access it. To add on, distance learning offershybrid course which is a combination of live web-conference and videolectures offered mostly on weekends.

On the other hand, traditional education is a mode of learning inwhich learners attend classroom physically either as scholars wherebythey go to school from their homes on daily basis or borders wherethey stay in school dormitories. They communicate with tutor face toface and classrooms are set for different courses and lessons.Questions are asked directly through raising of hands and notes areissue in the form of hardcopies or dictated to the class by thetutor. Examinations are also in the form of hardcopies through strictsupervision thus little does it allow room for copying andduplications (Beck, 2013).

Compared to traditional education, e-learning is cheaper and saveson resources. One does not need to attended classes and informationis delivered freely to one’s home. The only thing you need isonline connections system like a computer and internet services. Thishelps to save on meals costs, boarding facilities and tuition fee.Attending a physical classroom can cost more than what an averageindividual can afford and in some cases she might be forced to lookfor scholarships or other funding assistance (Edwards, 2011). To addon, distance education offers great flexibility and convenience asyou can learn even when you are engaged in full time job and alsoeven when you have family to cater for. Programs online are scheduledin such a way that you attend to them during your own convenienttime. This is contrary to traditional education which often offersfull time courses and it is a must for one to attend the lessons.Failure to adhere to the set down schedule may result to penalties ofexpulsion or even failure of exams. Most tutors take roll callsduring lesson and if it happens you don’t appear on the list threeto four times, he may decide you won’t sit for his exams.

Distance education focuses mainly on providing specific skills thatwill help you get a job in the long run. It is designed in such a waythat it prepares one for programming and designing jobs rather thanlearning general critical thinking skills (Beck, 2013). On the otherhand, traditional education offers a variety of subjects in onecourse of which some are not in line with your carrier. Some of theclasses are irrelevant to your carrier only to burden your mind withhuge, meaningless information. There is no guarantee that the courseyou pursue will save you from unemployment and this is the reasonbehind having large numbers of graduates who are jobless.

Traditional education still focus on using tradition modes ofteaching like dictating notes to learners, writing on boards orissuing hardcopies. With E-education, one learns digital skills in adigital environment. Where the information is not clear as per thetutor’s explanation, it is easy to go online and Google forclarity. This often saves time instead of going around looking forthe lecture who is committed to other activities only to give youfailed appointments (Edwards, 2011).

Traditional education compared to distance education gives you moreexperience in terms of socializing with colleagues, sports, attendingevents, community services and clubs. There is always limited scopefor this experience in e-learning as individuals often attend classesin their homes and thus limited room for interactions (Beck, 2013).Little can one learn from a colleague or discuss a burning issue.There is great networking in traditional education and aftercompletion of school, a friend or tutor who you were close with cancoordinate job for you. Also through this networking, it is easy toget internship that will ultimately lead to permanent job.

Meaningful homework is part and parcel of traditional education.Creative writing is encouraged and emphasis is stressed onmemorization and recitation. Enough practice is given to each concepttaught to ensure that it is properly mastered and understood (Beck,2013). This helps to open learners mind and have wider room to thinkcritically and creatively. Such practices rarely happens ine-learning as learners often focus on a single specified field thusgrounding all their mind in that item thus no room for criticalthinking. There is also no room to practice what you have actuallylearned in the classroom as you are engaged to other affairs like jobcommitments and family catering.

To conclude, there are well structured classrooms in traditionaleducation which offers an orderly and conducive atmosphere forlearning. Teachers ensure high degree of discipline to all studentsthrough adhering to the set rules and regulations. E-learning isprone to interruptions either from work supervisors or children athome. Discipline in carrying out tasks may lack as there is no closesupervision and thus learners may do what they wish to (Edward,2011).


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