Traditional Classes vs. Online Classes: Cliché vs. Cutting Edge?

If we could look into the future of education, what would we see? Well, in a way, we don’t have to do that, because it’s already here, as we will see together. But is the eLearning wave cresting or will it continue to grow in size and proportion, compared to education in a physical setting (classrooms… right?).
In this article, we’ll look at the two modalities of classes: traditional classes that occur in a physical classroom setting with an instructor at the front of the room and fully online classes that can and do take a variety of forms – all in the corporate setting. We’ll outline some pros and cons of each approach and the activities that are best suited for traditional learning environments, as well as those that provide more learning ‘punch’ through online classes (eLearning).

Traditional Classes
This educational modality is the most straightforward to address, mostly because we have all been there. In a physical classroom, in which there is a teacher or instructor at the front of the room and the students/learners fill the rest of the physical space, the learners generally have a more passive role. They are lectured to and are expected to retain the information for future use (or not).

On the positive side, unlike the school days when we were all kids, the information provided in a corporate classroom has immediate application. The employee will attend either an onboarding session or will be getting informed/trained regarding a set of tasks that he or she will be performing in the organization. So, as an employee, one will naturally be motivated to pay attention.

Ideally, in both scenarios, the teacher/instructor will use an interactive approach in order to engage the learner to the degree that this is possible.
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