Online learning or e-learning is not a mere trend anymore. It has become a need of time due to several reasons. For instance, the traditional ways of education are just not suitable for the modern generation. Traditional learning methods are fitting in their own right, but they are not appropriate for the needs of 21st-century youth. Digital natives need methods of learning that are fast, modern, and advanced. Their affection and inclination towards online learning did promote the use of online learning styles, but these modes never made it to the mainstream. E-learning or online learning were both considered as futuristic and unnecessary modes that required too much energy and resources. However, only a year later, tables have turned and things have become extremely different.
COVID-19 hit the world at the beginning of the year and changed everything. Most of all, it changed the perspectives of people and forced them into a more modern lifestyle. A lifestyle where human interaction is scarce and Technology rules. In one way, the society became more futuristic overnight, yet lacking an antidote to a virus. Wits aside, this futuristic society saw a huge change in learning styles and programs. Books turned into Mac-books, and pens were replaced by fingertips. Yes, 2020 brought the world on our fingertips and the educational world benefited from it the most.
As mentioned earlier, the digital natives always chose e-Learning as their preferred mode of learning, but their desire was hindered by quintessential teachers and educational systems. Students were not allowed to keep mobiles in the classroom or to contact their teachers after class. Many teachers didn’t even try e-Learning methods due to which their effectiveness was never tested and known to many. However, COVID-19 barged in with bolts with no keys. Students, teachers, management, everyone is locked inside their houses and the only hope is e-Learning.
Several teachers who strictly opposed the use of Technology in the class reported that e-learning saved their terms and student performance. They were able to do complicated tasks in a simpler and hassle-free manner. Their reluctance to resist Ed-tech turned into a bogus assumption from the past. However, many teachers are still figuring out the online world and are busy finding their favorite software, platforms, modes, and applications.
When it comes to live classes, video chatting/conference is the number solution for the majority of teachers. Although, many teachers are discovering the benefits of Live Streaming just recently. Our comparison of both the methods of live classes will provide you clarity and help you choose your teaching platform.
Video conference has been around for a long time. From a business conference to class lectures, video conference has been the top choice of many professionals. Many educational institutions used video conferences to conduct their online sessions. Here are a few benefits of video conference in Education.
1- Video conferences are ideal for small settings and classes. It is simpler for teachers to explain their assignments to the students as there are fewer parties involved in a video conference.
2- If you are a teacher who is all about class communication and engagement, then you may like video conference better than any other option. Video conference involves a limited number of students who are all connected at the same time, therefore the level of communication is of high quality.
3- Keeping track of attendance and attention is comparatively easier in a video conference. Teachers are well aware of the presence and connection of students and can ask questions regarding the topic under discussion. This transparency results in high-quality class learning and boosted student performance.
Live streaming in education is still comparatively new which is why not many teachers are using it to conduct live classes. It is entirely different from video conferencing as it doesn’t have a limited slot for people who can join. One person can start a live video stream and as many people can join the session with no hassle. Here are a few features and benefits of live streaming in education.
1- As opposed to video chatting, live streaming is ideal for large settings. As mentioned earlier, there’s no limited slot as to how many people can watch a Live stream, therefore, as many people can join. University or college teachers can conduct their classes on live streaming platforms, as student numbers are usually high in colleges.
2- Students are always looking for an easier and simpler way out. When it comes to attending online lessons, video conferencing may seem like a long-drawn process to them. On the other hand, live streaming platforms usually have a simpler process that requires no login, whatsoever. This feature of live streaming would help boost class attendance and student retention rate in online courses. Live streaming requires only one person (Teacher) to go out of the way in order to set the stream, the rest is made easier for students.
3- Live streaming may not be as engaging as video conferencing is, but it is capable of producing the same engagement as there is in a traditional classroom. Live chat allows students to ask their questions mid-lecture or after it so that teacher can skim through the questions and answer them once the lecture is over.
Considering the current situation of COVID-19, almost all classes have gone online. Although both modes have their own benefits, it has become harder for teachers to conduct lessons through video conferencing when there are so many students in one class. Under such a situation, live streaming seems like an ideal option that is not only time-saving and hassle-free but is effective and practical as well.