Online education vs Traditional Education: Which one is better?

Equipping your child with the best education possible is a difficult process. Long gone are the days of seeing which schools in your area had the highest exam results. As technology and innovation in education accelerate, the process is becoming more complex.

Now parents need to understand learning styles, objectives and models. One of the most confusing aspects though is understanding the debate of online education vs traditional education: Which one is better? That’s why we’ve prepared this guide to explore the benefits of each model, and how blending the approach is the best solution for your child.

 

The advantages of online education

There are numerous benefits to learners, parents and teachers when it comes to online education. Some of the more important reasons that you might choose this model are:

 

1. More Flexibility

Online schools typically give learners (and parents) much more freedom to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. Since classes can be accessed remotely, and many use recorded and cloud-based learning materials it allows learners to organise their studying around their own calendar.

 

2. A personalised learning style

Not all learners learn in the same way. Online learning encourages learners to discover their own preferred way for learning and builds upon that to ensure they can attain the highest possible educational outcomes while retaining a life long love for learning.

 

3. Wider selection of courses and teachers

If you’re not quite sure what you want to study at university, or where you want to go, then that’s ok too. Picking your A-Level subjects doesn’t need to be a life-defining moment. If you’re at all unsure then it’s best to follow three key principles: Pick subjects you enjoy studying. Better yet ones that you got good GCSE grades in. And make sure it’s a mix of languages, humanities and science. This should ensure you have a fun two years, get grades that universities will like and have a wide range of avenues open for you to explore.

 

 

The advantages of traditional education

There are of course well established advantages to pursuing a traditional education in a bricks and mortar school. Some of the most enduring reasons for this model’s popularity are:

 

1. More physical resources

Traditional education holds an advantage in that they have access to resources that most students wouldn’t be able to find on their own. Science students need labs and music students need instruments for example, which can be harder to get when working remotely. Similarly, it’s easier to organise school trips and sports activities when there are students all in the same physical location.

 

2. Easier socialisation

Although remote learning gives students the opportunity to interact with other students from different backgrounds and cultures all over the world, traditional educational models allow for more in person interactions which are very important.

 

3. More supervision

A 17 year old studying their A-Levels will naturally require less adult supervision than a 15 year old studying their IGCSEs. For this reason, traditional education can be more beneficial sometimes for younger children as it gives them a place where they can be safely monitored and supervised by legally responsible adults while their parental figures are otherwise busy.

 

 

The benefits of a hybrid education

Fortunately, it’s not always a binary choice between online and traditional learning. Each student has highly specific learning needs, so it makes sense to balance these two models in a way that works for them.

This “blending” or “hybrid learning” works to get the benefits of each model by inverting the teaching style. Normally students sit in lectures, receive information from a teacher, and then work at home to prove their understanding through an essay or project. By flipping this convention, learners instead work at home to understand a topic, before demonstrating this in a classroom setting through debates and other creative projects.

This means they get the resources of a school and face-to-face time with teachers and other students, while also having the freedom and time to conduct their critical learning in a way that makes sense for them.

 

Brave Generation Academy

Brave Generation Academy is at the forefront of the hybrid learning revolution and offers full GCSE and A-Level curriculums for students no matter where they are in the world. They combine this with learning hubs for students to retain important in-person learning and social opportunities. To learn more, contact us today.

February 03, 2021, Cascais

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