Face-to-face classroom Instruction and real-time Interactive Classroom

Below, we have summarized the common differences in how teaching is conducted in face-to-face classrooms instead of online. It’s important to understand these differences and to consider them when deciding whether an online course is right for you.

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  • Learning environment:

Face-to-face classes: (not always) can be a passive learning environment. In traditional lecture-style classes, information is sometimes given to students and then sent back to the instructor through a written purchase assessment. The environment of the classroom is also physical for both teachers and students. Students and instructors have the ability to see, hear, and understand physical gestures and body language.

  • Online classes: generally a more active learning environment. Students should struggle to improve their knowledge. Through interaction and participation, students take an active role in course materials and presentation with asynchronous online courses, there is a difficulty in not being able to “see” instructors or other students in real-time exchanges.
  • Reading Requirements:

Face to face: To include materials taught in face-to-face classes, students often have regular reading assignments from textbooks and other sources provided or referenced by the instructors.

Online classes: As with face-to-face courses, there are usually textbooks where readings are provided and additional resources provided by the instructor. However, online courses require additional extensive reading that is not necessarily included in face-to-face courses. Course papers, discussion notes, student-student and student-teacher interactions, course announcements, and assignments must all be made in writing and obtained by students through reading.

  • Course Steps:

Face to face: Class meetings take place at certain places, at certain times, according to a set schedule. While in class, the instructor usually sets the pace.

Online classes: It is up to the student to arrange his or her own steps for most of the tasks that must be completed in the online course. Although there are deadlines and deadlines to be met, students often have a lot of flexibility in deciding when and where to attend.


Face to face: Discussions take place in a limited physical classroom setting. Instructors often lead and control the focus of the discussion to come to conclusions within a limited time. Due to time constraints, responses must often be quickly formulated. It can also be intimidating to speak directly in a classroom setting, but visual cues also have benefits among students and instructors.

Online classes: Students have more opportunities to develop well researched discussion responses. Students often do most of their discussion interactions with instructors acting as facilitators, only intervening when necessary. Online discussions develop over a longer period of face-to-face lessons (usually more than a week) that allow all students in the course to contribute together and draw conclusions.

  • Tests and Examinations (Assessment):

Face to face: Exams and Exams are usually held in the classroom face to face during regularly scheduled lecture hours. Students are monitored throughout the examination period, which is usually limited by the length of the meeting.

Review is usually done during class meetings.

Online Classes: Quizzes and Quizzes are posted online (unless further arrangements are announced by the instructor in advance). Usually, there are opportunities where students can start taking tests or exams online, but once started, assessments can be scheduled. For example … students may have time between Monday and Thursday to take the test, but when they click the “Start” button they have 40 minutes to complete the test. For this reason, it is important to learn and be fully prepared for online assessments, such as face-to-face versions.

The online assessment review is done online after the instructor takes notes. Which areas are indicated in the feedback depends on the teacher, but general survey areas include questions, whether students get the right or wrong answers, answers, comments, and the correct values?

  • Assignments:

Face to face: Homework, research papers, laboratories, etc. It is usually presented directly to the instructor and in traditional classes in the form of copies. Given the dramatic increase in the number of face-to-face courses using online technology, students may be asked to submit homework online in some face-to-face courses.

The review of assessed assignments usually takes place in the physical classroom.

Online Classes: Assignments in online courses are usually submitted via an online drop-out box. Depending on the settings chosen by the instructor, students may have the ability to write directly in the message box, add files (or a number of files), or submit their assignments multiple times. In drop-down boxes such as evaluations, there are opening and closing dates that students must follow.

A standard task review is done online. While instructors are evaluating online assignments, there is an opportunity to provide grades being assessed, feedback, and/or additional files.

  • Teamwork:

Face to face: Face-to-face courses contribute well to group work, as students are also physically in the same place. Class time can be used for this collaboration, and work can be continued with planned meetings between students after the lesson is over.

Online Classrooms: Online courses often include group work. Instructors have the ability to unite their online students to collaborate on projects and interactions using discussion tools. Since most online classes are out of sync, the benefits of being in the same place at the same time are not available in online classrooms. Therefore, it is up to each student in the group to follow the task and perform their task.

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