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A new study shows that online learning is more effective than face-to-face classes

2023.11.11 08:11:54 HyoJung Lee
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[Virtual Learning. Photo credit to Pixabay]

The research conducted by Jasmine Paul and Felicia Jefferson from the Department of Biology at Fort Valley State University suggests that online learning might be more efficient than face-to-face learning.

Virtual learning classes have become increasingly popular and, in some cases, more effective than traditional face-to-face classes for several reasons.

However, it's important to note that the effectiveness of virtual learning can vary depending on the context, course content, and the individual student's learning style.

A study titled “A Comparative Analysis of Student Performance in an Online vs. Face-to-Face Environmental Science Course From 2009 to 2016” from ‘Frontiers’ presents statistics supporting the idea that virtual learning is better than face-to-face learning.

People generally believe that flexibility is one of the reasons why virtual classes outshine face-to-face classes.

Virtual classes allow students to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule, which can be especially benenficial for those with busy schedules, work commitments, or family responsibilities.

In group virtual classes, adjusting the class time is possible without affecting anyone, as there is no in-person meeting, eliminating the need for movement.

Moreover, virtual learning breaks down geographical barriers, making education accessible to a wider and more diverse range of students worldwide.

Online learning platforms often incorporate adaptive learning technologies, which can tailor content and pace to match individual student's learning styles and needs, adding another layer to why online learning is better than face-to-face learning.

Virtual classes also offer the advantage of reviewing and revisiting course materials as often as needed, enhancing comprehension and retention.

Online courses provide access to diverse resources, such as a large range of multimedia resources like videos, simulations, and interactive quizzes, making learning more engaging and effective.

In a traditional classroom, students may face distractions from peers, environmental factors, or external disruptions.

Virtual learning provides a controlled and potentially less distracting environment, and parents can monitor students to ensure they stay focused.

However, virtual classes may lack accountability compared to physical classes.

Some students may need help with time management and self-discipline in a less structured environment.

Technical issues, such as internet connectivity problems, hardware malfunctions, and software glitches, can disrupt virtual classes and impede the learning process.

Despite these challenges, virtual learning can be effective, eliminating the need for communting and physical textbooks, ultimately reducing overall educational expenses for students.

While this assumes long-term use, the cost of electronic devices like Macbooks or laptops needs consideration.

Using online resources like PDFs can also contribute to more eco-friendly approach by reducing the need for printed materials.

Despite these advantages, it's essential to acknowledge that virtual learning is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and face-to-face classes still have their place in education.

The effectiveness of virtual learning depends on the quality of course design, instructor engagement, and the individual preferences and needs of students.

Some learners thrive in a virtual environment, while others may require the structure and social interaction of traditional in-person classes.

It all comes down to students choosing what works best for their studying methods.

If students excel in face-to-face class participation, opting for this mode is key to enhancing overall class efficiency.


HyoJung Lee / Grade 9
St.Johnsbury Academy Jeju