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Compare And Contrast Zoom Classes And Face To Face Classes

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Zoom Classes versus Face-to-Face Classes
These days, the school set-up has shifted for learners to adapt to the online
delivery of lectures or modules via Zoom classes to simulate what is traditionally done in
face-to-face classes before the pandemic hit. In face-to-face classes, students and
teachers would have to physically meet in the classroom, but with the COVID-19
spreading through different countries in the past year, students were forced to stay at
home and momentarily pause learning opportunities in the school set up to protect them
from the dangers of this pandemic. Face-to-face classes may have been suspended, but
this is where technology and the internet come in handy for these unique circumstances
we have been in, or are still in right now. Comparing and contrasting Zoom classes versus
face-to-face classes would show how different and/or similar the two are, and this is quite
important as it will illuminate our minds with the pros and cons between these approaches
to evaluate its possible outcomes with the students and teachers alike.
One similarity between these two modes of delivering education for students is that
there is still a teacher-student interaction where there can be an enriching exchange of
knowledge either in a group setting for the whole class or in an individual session with the
teacher. May it be face-to-face or Zoom classes, it is a basic requirement for any learner
to be able to interact with peers and teachers closely, to develop more skills and
knowledge that cannot progress otherwise. Another similarity is that there can still be
scheduled lectures (synchronous or asynchronous), projects, activities, quizzes, and
examinations but the main difference with this is that it could be more stressful to hold
lectures and exams through Zoom meetings, especially if the internet connection is not
quite reliable or if the gadgets available for the individual is outdated or not in the best
condition to handle long stretches of hours being used. Also, not everyone may have the
capability to afford a stable internet service provider and not everyone can afford to buy
multiple electronic devices to support their needs for online learning. Face-to-face classes
would be more efficient in terms of disseminating tasks on the spot as there is direct
communication between the teacher and the student. Also, schedules can be strictly
followed in this in-person setup as there are fewer distractions and individuals can tend
to be more focused in a learning environment that is optimal for developing a proper study
habit for students and proper work ethics for the teachers.
Face-to-face classes may provide a more classic or “authentic” feel of interactions
between both students and teachers as both parties can concentrate and focus better
because there will be fewer reasons to be inattentive at school as compared to when they
are only staying at home and surrounded by different gadgets and comfort. Classroom
instruction here in face-to-face classes is traditionally teacher-centered, and in contrast
with the Zoom classes, the mode of instruction is more student-centered (Paul &
Jefferson, 2019). In the traditional setting, a teacher can use and rely on actual laboratory
equipment, models, or other teaching devices that are specific to the subject at hand.
With this, teachers can properly monitor the understanding of students and how they are

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doing in class so far by providing immediate feedback, clarification, and proper guidance
as necessary. In contrast with interactions in Zoom classes, an exchange like this may
be quite limited as students cannot directly interact with real examples of what the lecturer
is teaching, especially in high school subjects like Chemistry, Biology, or Physics where
problem-solving skills and research skills requires the handling of laboratory equipment,
not just online virtual laboratory encounters and video lectures. It is also a challenge for
students to communicate with their peers and teachers instantaneously while in a Zoom
meeting, the way that they can when in a face-to-face class setting. They may be able to
use the chat settings of Zoom meetings or use another means of communication online
to ask questions or make comments, but it is still not completely the same as face-to-face
interactions where an individual could easily be recognized should they have the interest
to express their curiosity. A live encounter between the student and the teacher, may it
be online or in-person, requires both parties to manage time wisely, and this has a large
impact on maximizing the learnings of students and maximizing the earning capacity of
teachers or lecturers. While there are a lot of positive outcomes in the face-to-face class
setting, some negatives may include the struggle of having to travel to school every day,
especially if a student or a teacher does not live close by or if the road they need to take
is consistently congested with traffic. Whereas in Zoom classes, this problem is easily
solved because in online learning, you can have the comfort of your home without having
to take out a precious chunk of your time for travel. Instead of waiting minutes to hours to
arrive in the classroom or school, both students and teachers alike, with just one click of
a button can access their scholarly materials online.
Zoom classes can be more flexible as compared to face-to-face classes because
schedules can be adjusted by the availability of gadgets or the internet signal strength of
both parties. Individuals from remote areas like provinces or rural areas can still access
lectures provided by the teachers, without having to struggle with the travel time going to
school every day. However, schedule adjustment through online measures may be quite
stressful, especially if it is not the expected time frame from the syllabus, because not
everyone might be notified on time as it highly depends on whether they are currently
online or not. While the online approach may provide more freedom through advancing
at their own pace, proper discipline should guide both the students and the teacher to
adhere to the class schedule and beat the deadlines. With Zoom classes, the teacher
may not be able to properly gauge if the class understands what he or she is teaching,
especially if the cameras of students are not turned on.
The structure of learning activities may be synchronous or asynchronous sessions
in Zoom classes, which may also be done in face-to-face classes but with the online
setting, battling with attention diversion during asynchronous sessions may be quite the
challenge as immediate clarification from the teacher may not be available all the time or
is limited to scheduled virtual interactive sessions. While waiting for a response from
queries, students and teachers alike may be prone to check on their social media
accounts or games on their phones, gadgets, personal computers, or other electronic

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Zoom Classes versus Face-to-Face Classes These days, the school set-up has shifted for learners to adapt to the online delivery of lectures or modules via Zoom classes to simulate what is traditionally done in face-to-face classes before the pandemic hit. In face-to-face classes, students and teachers would have to physically meet in the classroom, but with the COVID-19 spreading through different countries in the past year, students were forced to stay at home and momentarily pause learning opportunities in the school set up to protect them from the dangers of this pandemic. Face-to-face classes may have been suspended, but this is where technology and the internet come in handy for these unique circumstances we have been in, or are still in right now. Comparing and contrasting Zoom classes versus face-to-face classes would show how different and/or similar the two are, and this is qui ...
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