Analysis of Teaching-Learning Effectiveness: A comparative Study between Offline and Online Mode of Instruction
Since decades, researchers have argued upon the superiority of the two readily used modes of instructions, both of which have their own pros and cons. The recent and ongoing pandemic COVID-19 has taken the world economy with a blow. With drastic changes happening around the world in all the spheres, now economies are witnessing complete lockdowns. The educational systems worldwide have been affected, followed by widespread temporary closures of educational institutions. COVID-19 has at least acted as a catalyst for educational institutions to rethink about innovative ways to deliver and enhance learning for students. One such medium is the online meeting platforms, which are being used to conduct classes online between teachers and students. The already existing trend towards online learning has intensified in the current scenario. As stated in a number of previous researches, amidst a lot of positives, traditional classroom study mode suffered from a number of anomalies leading to distraction among students. Now, since the whole educational system has been shifted to a novel mode, it is a good time to compare the results arising out of both the study formats. The present study aims to capture the usually overlooked opinions of the students regarding the novel teaching methodology in terms of learning and retention, compare them with the outcomes of offline teaching methodology and suggest ways to improve the educational avenues. An investigation of the perceptual opinions of students regarding online instructions as compared to instructions in offline or traditional settings was performed through analyzing data collected through questionnaires comprising of both qualitative and quantitative questions. The results fetched favorable opinions of students regarding the offline or in-class sessions as compared to online ones.