Classroom Learning vs. E-learning


As e-learning became the new normal, a debate emerged over the traditional manner of learning and online learning.

Classroom learning

A classroom setting is when students actively participate in asking questions and receiving answers to their concerns. It offers a dynamic learning environment. Individual conversations flow and create opportunities for people to share their experiences. Face-to-face interaction between students, professors, and colleagues is an important part of classroom learning.


E-learning has evolved from a speciality mode of instruction for technical disciplines to a favoured, expanding, and nearly mandatory method of instruction for everything. As technology advances, people’s desire to study on their own time and at their own speed is driving many businesses to use e-learning.

Differentiating features
  • Available resources

In a classroom setting, a professor gives a lecture either orally or using visual aids such as PowerPoint presentations. In e-learning, on the other hand, a variety of tools such as films, graphs, presentations, and websites are used to make the instructions plain to the students.

  • Monitoring process

As per the classroom method, the evaluation and process checking is done manually and instructions are given in verbal and non-verbal manner. Although as mentioned by Amisha Galhota in her article, Learning Management Systems (LMS) can help with this in online learning (LMS).

A Learning Management Systemm (LMS) is a software that is designed specifically to create, distribute, and manage the delivery of educational content.

  • Concentration of students

It’s tough to keep track of a learner in a virtual setting because they attend lectures while listening to music, playing games, and so on. In a traditional classroom, the teacher will be able to determine whether or not students are engaged in class. This has an effect on the teachers’ performance as well. There is less disruption in terms of technology consequences, such as power outages or internet access, which benefits students’ study.

  • Cost

Another significant distinction between e-learning and classroom training is cost-effectiveness. Classroom training necessitates the presence of an instructor each and every time the course is to be delivered, whereas e-learning can be used several times without incurring additional costs once it is produced.

These are some of the most fundamental differences between e-learning and classroom learning. It’s vital to remember that they’re both required. They cannot be substituted for one another. Both of them contribute significantly to the development of a strong educational system.

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One Response

  1. There is no alternative for classroom learning. However, it would have been a disaster during the lockdown if we lacked the concept and technology for online learning.

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