The Pros And Cons Of Online Vs. In-Person Learning

Google garbage. This is the screen that every student sees each day instead of the faces of their teachers and peers. This is the screen that stresses out and frustrates so many teenagers. Freshman Payton Flohr from Woodcreek High School in Roseland wrote that, “It is difficult to find information directly relating to the topic we are learning about. There are too many websites on Google; it can become overwhelming.”  

Article & Photo By: Tatiana Newman

Have you ever felt lost and alone, scared in an uncertain world? That’s what distance learning is doing to students all over the world during the COVID-19 outbreak. These are the reasons why in person learning is more beneficial for students than online learning. 

It is true that learning online gives students the independence to work at their own pace which can allow them to perform better in some cases, but many students are unable to find the motivation to fully engage in learning. 

“I personally prefer in-person learning as when I am in a classroom I can more easily adopt a mindset for learning, but when I am at home learning online it is much more difficult, and I am less able to focus,” wrote junior, Conor Grace, a student at Santa Rosa High School. Face to face learning provides more discipline and less distractions than independent learning does. 

Junior Alice Brookston, another student at Santa Rosa High School, said, “I miss the socialization that in-person learning provides. Online learning does have its advantages, but overall I prefer in-person learning because it allows me to work and spend time with my peers.” Many teens are mentally struggling with the isolation of distance learning. Phones aren’t always enough contact with the outside world, and many teenagers miss seeing their friends at school. 

According to Jasmine Paul and Felicia Jefferson in their article titled, A Comparative Analysis of Student Performance in an Online vs. Face-to-Face Environmental Science Course From 2009 to 2016, they claimed that, “Some students are opposed to change and view online instruction negatively. These students may be technophobes, more comfortable with sitting in a classroom taking notes than sitting at a computer absorbing data. Other students may value face-to-face interaction, pre and post-class discussions, communal learning, and organic student-teacher bonding.” 

In the same article, the authors point out that face-to-face learning is better because, “In online learning, the student is dependent upon access to an unimpeded Internet connection. If technical problems occur, online students may not be able to communicate, submit assignments, or access study material. This problem, in turn, may frustrate the student, hinder performance, and discourage learning.”

When students learn online they lack motivation, have problems with their technology, and miss the classroom setting with its opportunities for socialization. Face-to-face learning is overall much better than online learning.

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