“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”, by George Washington Carver.
Education is a basic human right in our country. In India, where so many children are still deprived of education, a new form of education is emerging out. This is online education. It is very different from the conventional form of offline education. Both are discussed in details in the following sections. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to get education know how much importance it holds. Without education, you wouldn’t be able to read a single line and I wouldn’t be able to write anything! We have been lucky than most other kids in India who still dream about going to school and owning a book and a pen.
Most of us have had our tryst with offline education. Going to school or college is what is meant by offline education now. But now, after having studied in schools, one can choose to take up online education. Online education is becoming popular for the coming generation. People who are opting for coaching classes are choosing the online facility offered by the institute instead of the conventional classroom experience. So the question which comes up is that which one is better for you? And which one will suit you better.
Online education can be addressed by many other terms like virtual education, Internet-based education, web-based education, and education via computer-mediated communication. From this, it becomes pretty clear that online education means imparting education through the help of technology like computers and the internet. Education through this medium was not used earlier. Now, it has become common for students to opt for online education.
Online education means that the teacher and the student are not in face to face contact. It is not a classroom in which the student studies in, but a virtual one in which only the teacher is visible through their screen on the laptop or computer. It is different from private tutoring but has similar principles.
Online education is less costly than offline education. One can receive it even sitting at home; you do not have to travel anywhere. There are special sessions for asking doubts and queries. For students using online education, content is available on the website. They can make use of it anytime they want. E-Books are also available in the study material section. Other than this, students can interact with the teachers freely and post their questions on the website itself. It is a newer and advanced form of education which is being adopted by many students worldwide. Many courses are now a part of the online education system. Short-term courses, as well as long-term courses, are available online.
Offline education has been a part of our education system for as long as we can remember. Arjuna received his education from Dronacharya. Years and years later, we still use one to one interaction between teachers and students. Mentors play a crucial role in guiding a student. Without a mentor, the student may divert from his original path. Teachers are always the best mentors. They guide you along the way and help you achieve the unachievable. They are there to instill confidence whenever needed.
Offline education is what we have been receiving all these years. One goes to a proper school or college or institute to receive the education. There are teachers and other staff faculties to guide you along the way. There is the interaction between the teachers and students and among students as well. It is beneficial for students who often need guidance and a driving force to receive an offline education. In offline education, there is always someone there to push you forward. This kind of traditional education keeps children on track and helps a lot for a proper assessment of the child.
Continuous evaluation is possible. Parents can ask teachers for feedback and guidance. During classes, a study environment is available to the student. A child is able to grasp more by classroom interaction and learning.
Generally, this is a more accepted approach towards education as it has been in use for centuries and gives better results.
There are both pros and cons to both the methods of education. Online and offline methods have been employed by many institutions. These institutes generally offer short-term courses in various areas pertaining to the interests of the youth. Other than this, many institutes which provide coaching to students have started offering both online and offline education.
One of the most common engineering and medical preparation coaching institute is the Aakash Institute. With various branches spread throughout India, it has now started offering online or E-learning platform.
A leading brand in the various coaching institutes, it offers both online as well as offline courses to its students. Students can, therefore, choose any program that is well suited for their study pattern and pocket.