Face-To-Face Learning; Why Is It Important?
Over the years face-to-face has been the go-to method for learning because it provides students with hands-on experiences that apply to real life. It also gives students and teachers alike the opportunity to interact with and be accountable to each other. This is not to say that online learning has no value, but rather to point out the essentiality of face-to-face learning.
Face-to-face learning easily satisfies our need to interact with one another
This creates room for trust and understanding between teacher and student. A classroom is a place where students and teachers are given the opportunity to express their thoughts on different subjects and get feedback in real time. This is what sometimes separates online learning from face to face learning. With online learning, a teacher responding to a thought or question is not guaranteed immediately, whereas a teacher or peer in real time can easily answer a spur of the moment question in a classroom. Real-time interaction of student and teacher also means less space for misunderstandings.
Face-to-face learning creates an environment for accountability that fosters growth for students and teachers
Because both parties are physically in the same environment it is easier to for teacher and student to know each other past a first name basis. Having a relationship with his/her student gives the teacher the opportunity to better understand the students on a personal level and even keep the student accountable for doing his/her work; the same goes for the student to peer relationships. And because the teacher is present with the students in the classroom, he or she can change the topic to fit the mood of the classroom.
Face-to-face learning could be considered easier because of its practicality
It is no secret that most of what we remember on a daily basis are the events where we were present. The same concept could be applied to learning, especially with subjects such as science and or even a speech class. Seeing an experiment being done first hand by a teacher and or learning how to be comfortable with public speaking in front of peers in a classroom is much easier to remember than being given instructions to follow online. The practicality of a classroom environment is exactly what makes face-to-face learning important to student and teacher.
“While there are many advantages and disadvantages of both learning environments, for me the reality is that the face-to-face classroom allows teachers to meet the learners where they are and take them further based on their needs. The face-to-face learning environment enables the teacher to think clearly about particular students and curriculum needs while planning for the most effective means of presenting the content.”
– Robert Purpura-Assistant professor of Education at Eastern Nazarene College