Distance Learning vs. Classroom Learning

Distance learning and classroom learning are like two sides of the same coin. A lot has already been debated about which mode is better for pursuing courses with the advent of science and technology. But if you try to have a deep insight into both the modes of learning then you will definitely realize that both of them have their own pros and cons. Depending upon the type of course, accessibility and condition of the student and many other such factors, the kind of learning mode suitable for a student also varies. Below I have analysed a few pros andcons of the modes along with suitable reasons, which will help you decide which one is better for you.

Distance Learning

1) It is best suitable for people who are working full time or part time, parents and adults as they can handle their family and jobs along with their studies.

2) It provides flexibility in terms of location proximity and time scheduling. You can pursue distance learning in any area with an internet connection, be it office, home, coffee shop or a garden.

3) It saves time by cutting down on long distance travel time.

4) Various problems concerning disabled students can be easily resolved with distance learning.

5) The online study material given is as qualitative and complete in all terms as classroom lectures. It not only consists of text documents but also contains videos, pictures and presentations. They can review and repeat any part of the class anytime and as many times as they wish.

1) If the kind of course that you wish to pursue is primarily practical based then pursuing distance learning through just theory study materials won’t be effective at all.

2) Distance learning classes deprives the students of social interactions in class which limits their knowledge gaining horizon as many things that are discussed in classroom help students analyse and learn new things. It forbids the student from learning and improving on their communication skills as they can’t interact or debate in the class with other students and professors.

3) There are still many companies which don’t give job preference to people who have pursued courses through distance learning.

4) It involves use of expensive technology and lacks immediate feedback unlike traditional classroom learning where through asking questions and informal testing methods, the teacher can quickly analyse if the student has understood a particular topic and can give immediate feedback about his understanding and capabilities.

5) It is not suitable for students who are used to classroom learning and find it difficult to learn new things on their own without the assistance of professors.

Classroom Learning

1) One of the first and foremost advantages of classroom learning is that it provides an interactive environment for learning. There are students who can’t understand or learn new things without face to face interaction with professors and students.

2) Practical oriented courses can be easily taught in classrooms by providing the students with all necessary equipment and proper assistance of experts.

3) Doubts can be easily solved on the spot by asking the professors or by meeting them in the office or by igniting a discussion/ debate on that topic in the class.

4) It allows children to participate in other on campus activities such as various competitions, sports, clubs and other such activities.

5) Grabbing the opportunities of monitoring, volunteering and leadership in his college could help a student in his physical development and professional life which is otherwise not possible through distance learning.

1) A classroom consists of minimum 35 students and maximum 60-80 students, which clearly means that individual attention is not given and hence every student is not well-versed of what has been taught in the class.

2) Classroom learning might allow students of all types to enter classes but it is observed that shy students do not participate in the interactions and feel uncomfortable thus leading to their ineffective learning.

3) Each student in the class has different grasping power but due to hard and fast syllabus schedule followed in classroom learning, weak students might have problem in catching up with the speed at which the course is being taught by the professors.

4) It consumes a lot of time in distance travelling, thus leaves the student hardly with any time for self-study.

5) It is an observed fact that long hours of lecture often bore the children and gradually with every passing minute they lose their track of what is being taught to them and thus loose interest. Opposed to online learning that gives the students the freedom to study for as many hours they want with as long breaks as their body requires.



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About Shalini Pal

Shalini Pal is a 19 year old girl who is a freelancing fanatic and is currently pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (UG). Presently, she is an amateur writer who is working hard and striving to become a skilled professional. She was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh but did her schooling from one of the top cities of India, i.e. Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She loves reading novels, writing, cooking and sketching. Listening to music is one of her favourite pass times. She aspires to become a media professional, preferably a journalist in future. She wants to bring about a revolution in the society with the power of media, to make it a better place to live in.


  1. I personally prefer classroom, where you make friends and study as well..

  2. at last it all depends on you…..if u wanna crack sum xam u will do dat nehow….be it distant learning or classroom
    nice post!

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