Why Face-to-Face Teaching Remains Vital in the Digital Age

In this modern age, almost everything is done online: shopping, marketing, messaging, playing games, watching, reading, and even teaching. Sadly, people have become more inclined to have less tangible things because they find them more accessible and convenient. With the development of new technologies, even education was conquered by the digital age. Gone were the days when students have to wake up early to catch their classes.

Nowadays, students can study anytime, anywhere, and without their uniforms on. This was made possible by distance learning education in which students learn and communicate with their teachers using a computer and the Internet. While online education is convenient and trouble-free, there still are many reasons why we need face-to-face teaching in the digital age.

Reason 1: Interactions are more active

Body language is very important in teaching and learning. The students and teachers must interact with each other physically for better communication. However, in distance learning, students and teachers communicate with each other mostly through texts. Because they do not see each other face-to-face, they cannot see each other’s gestures and facial expressions. Apparently, computers cannot convey messages through body language, so the students and teachers only depend on what they read from texts.

Additionally, virtual training is critical due to the lack of physical communication. Sometimes, the students find it difficult to understand online instructions and to ask urgent questions because their teachers are not physically available. Their activities are also limited, and even teamwork is hard to achieve.

In a traditional class, however, the students are properly guided by their teachers, and they can give clear instructions. Students can do activities together and communicate with each other effectively, thus, enhancing teamwork and making the training successful.

Reason # 2: Computers cannot teach values

Computers can do many things for teachers and students. They make certain tasks easier and faster. However, computers cannot teach the students the best thing that teachers can: values. Virtual teachers can tell students what they should and should not do; however, still, they are more focused on discussions and examinations.

On the other hand, it is easy for face-to-face teachers to teach values because they can see what their students do in class. Thus, they can confront them right away, discipline them, and see immediate results. In face-to-face teaching, students can learn values not only from the teachers but also from other students. Since their interactions are not limited, their social relationships and values improve.

Reason # 3: Traditional courses are still the most in demand

Distance learning is very popular today—without a doubt—traditional degrees are still in demand. Because traditional classes hone many aspects of knowledge and skills, employers are still more comfortable in hiring graduates, holding traditional degrees.

Moreover, traditional teaching offers more co-curricular activities for students, which help them to enhance their talents and to maximize their potentials. Nonetheless, distance learning, as a new method of teaching, has its advantages, and, in time, this trend will somehow improve and make teaching and learning not only convenient but also worthwhile.

Maria Dublin
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Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.