Virtual learning or Classes in educational technology is an internet-based platform for the digital aspects of courses of study. It can be done using Zoom App, Webinar, WhatsApp, YouTube, and many more. Real-time classes, on the other hand, is the practice whereby students have physical contact with their
teachers or instructors in the classroom and it is the classical and ancient way of imparting knowledge for generations. Moreover, there is always uncertainty in the future so we can only predict.
In the last few years, the internet has gained a lot of popularity in many areas of our lives and education is not an exception. Many universities and colleges use the internet a lot in their dealings. Some universities run online programs for postgraduate and Ph.D. programs. The effectiveness of this structure can be evaluated and analysed by the institutions that run the programs.
Some few months ago, the Novel Corona Virus has shifted the attention of the whole world to another pedigree. Due to the virus, almost all the educational institutions in the world were closed down and students were asked to go home. Some schools introduced virtual or online learning for the first time and so the question was raised: Can Virtual Classes Replace Real-Time Classes in the future? I will say that this question is relative depending on countries and their levels of preparation and also the level of education you are dealing with. For some advanced countries, it is partially possible to replace real-time classes with virtual classes but for developing and 3rd world countries, it may not be possible.
There is something special about having physical contact with your students as a teacher. To some students, virtual classes will do but to others, it will not work.
The introduction of social media is causing more harm than good especially when it comes to the youth. I believe that if virtual classes replace the real-time classes, the future of education in some countries will be bleak. I am saying this because of the reasons such as internet connectivity problems, inability to purchase credit bundles, technical hitches, lack of focus on the part of students, and many more which will make learning unattractive and disappointing.
As at now, I believe some schools have tried virtual classes in the lockdown period so we can conduct research and find out more about what happened in the lockdown days and see if it’s worth replacing.
To conclude, virtual classes can replace real-time classes but not fully. It can only replace it in partial fulfilment. Also, some categories of students need to have physical touch with their teachers or instructors in other to completely replace real-time classes is an ample nonstarter.