In-person learning

Is the world ready for in-person learning?

In-person learning, real time between teachers and students, was the primary mode of learning for school & college students around the world up till March 2019.  Things around us changed overnight due to COVID-19 and demand for online learning peaked starting April 2019.

The world has already seen what the first and the second wave of COVID-19 did to it. The students have had to bear a huge cost for it, in terms of compromising going to schools. Currently, at the beginning of the year in 2022, we are again faced with the upsurge of COVID-19 cases. The new variant, Omicron, has been affecting children increasingly.

What are the statistics saying about learning in-person?

As per reports by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, the coronavirus cases among children are extremely high and increasing. In New York City alone, the cases have quadrupled between the beginning and the end of December 2021.

The US News recently shared that schools have been facing a lot of disruptions due to the rising COVID cases. While we have seen the first and second wave come and go, we do not know for sure how this third wave is going to affect in-person education, and how operational schools can be. 

There are three scenarios that educational institutions around the world are facing:

  • No learning – Many schools and colleges like Syracuse University around the US are delaying the new term and not offering any remote learning at all due to huge shortage of staff  followed by inadequate testing techniques available for handling spread of virus. 
  • Online Learning – Approx. 70 colleges across 26 states around the US including Harvard, University of Chicago and Michigan State University have moved to online learning for the first three weeks of the new year, with a return to campus awaited and mostly based on the conditions permitting.  The main benefits of online learning are personalized attention, students can take more charge of their learning, freedom to learn from anywhere (especially the safety of the home during the pandemic time),  provides easy sharing of documents via electronic whiteboard and even possibility of recording and rewatching online classes. 
  • In-person learningDespite the crisis, a few schools and colleges are opening with several safety measures in place. So far, the health risk posed by the third wave seems to be lower and hence many educational institutions around the country are pressing forward for in-person learning with masks and booster shots.

Way forward: In-person learning or online learning?

Although our education system in the past was heavily biased toward in-person learning but pandemic has given us a break from the routine and pushed us to re-think & realize that one form of instruction is not necessarily the right choice for everyone whether it is online learning or in-person education for that matter. 

For many learners the traditional on-campus setting might not be the best due to increased tuition cost, time required for commuting to classes and restricted schedule of  lectures and for others online learning with no real human interaction might be depressing and mentally exhausting. 

One needs to understand their individual scenario when choosing between online or in-person learning, as both have their own pros and cons.

For online learning one needs to have the following:

  1. Be technically savvy
  2. Be self disciplined and motivated to study
  3. A dedicated space at home to study and stay focused
  4. Ability to learn visually or through audio lectures.

For in-person learning one needs to have the following:

  1. Financial support to pay higher tuition fee
  2. Time to commute to classes
  3. Want/need for networking with peers 
  4. Ability to learn through hand-on experience

Thanks to technological advancements, now we have access and choices between in-person and online learning. What mode of learning are you going for in 2022? Share your thoughts with us by commenting below.

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