Will Online Learning Replace Traditional Classroom Settings?

Right now, students that educate themselves through distance learning are not the only ones. With the COVID-19 measures in place and millions, if not billions of us are adapting to do everything at home as we chug along during this pandemic. This not only means they are alone, but there has been a huge influx of online education.

Will Classrooms Change Because Of Distance Education?

As the normalities come back to normal, what effect will this all have on our traditional classroom settings? Will people become too used to online classrooms and would rather educate themselves on here?

Before we can identify if classrooms would change because of online learning platforms, we should dive into the depth of trends online learning goes through.

Learning Variations

Now, classrooms all can use different varieties in their own methods of learning in which they find the most to be effective. Here are a few common learning methods classrooms use through online courses and face to face interaction.

Video Learning

Video-Based learning is a commonly used tool to help distance learners learn what they need to know. Obviously, depending on the course, this can vary on how useful you will find this, but the majority of courses find learning through video a good way to do well.

According to Forrester Research, employees are 75% more likely to watch through a video rather than read the information. Videos are also useful to be used as a catchup as, for example, students that may miss their lectures can watch a recorded version of the lesson to do later.

Learning Through Gaming

Game learning has been considered and even used for generations, and goes further back than you think as the middle ages used old games like chess to help teach. Gaming can be used as entertainment value whilst also learning a said topic whilst playing the game. For example, math games usually mean answering questions correctly to advance further.


Microlearning is a term used when small chunks of learning are given at a time to help make the information more digestible. Microlearning is highly pushed by the Cognitive Load Theory, which proposes the idea that learning is more effective when delivered in broken down and small chunks.

COVID-19 & It’s Effect

We can talk about learning variations all we want, but we do need to mention the significance of COVID-19 and its effect on traditional classrooms too.

The coronavirus came around so quickly, it felt like it instantly infected hundreds of thousands of people in an instant and all we know is that the next minute we were in lockdown twiddling our thumbs. Since this is the case, it’s easy to say that everyone began adapting to this new norm.

Coronavirus made people realise the little things they took for granted, besides 9am traffic of course. But if anything, it took a huge toll on our new generations’ future. Sadly as of right now, we will not see the long-lasting effect until years to come, but we can definitely see a shape change in the young us.

Students who we’re on campus are now in their homes adapting to their new lifestyle like the rest of us, but could this change their mind on traditional classrooms in the future?

Will This Affect Traditional Classrooms?

Given what we’ve stated above, there are many ways in which this could actually affect the traditional classrooms we know today. With more students adapting to online learning, it may be out of preference to them that they have the comfortability to study whenever they please.

This could be taken in a negative light, but it’s important to look at the positives. Whilst yes, all we have known up until now in the education days is to resolve everything around your learning, but having this the other way around could prove to be more useful.

This allows students to work, unfortunately, this may be difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in a long-term sense, having their online learning during the evening after they’ve finished work may prove to be more effective.

This, in turn, can affect how we view our traditional classrooms today. Whilst online learning may be more common, it may change how we think learning should be done via face to face.

If anything, COVID-19 will have a benefit in the sense that classrooms will adapt much quicker compared to previous years, so if traditional classrooms were to change, (with the good chance it has) it would be a change for the better.