Online/distance vs face to face education

Flexible learning options should be the way of the future - The Clarion

The new educational world comprises online, remote, distance and face-to-face settings. As we all know the pandemic dragged us towards the online or distance form of education. To make the online form of learning we need different tools. I believe that making classrooms engaging and interactive is not an easy task. In this blog, I would like to share my first experience of teaching in an online classroom…. or I would say the times when everything shifted to online mode. Also with a few tools, I enjoy… I will share my thoughts/comparison points I noticed between online and face-to-face education.

My experience

In 2020, I was a building and construction skill educator. I was teaching a class of 18 kids and when everything shifted to online it was very new for me. I would like to share that firstly I taught the way we used to teach in the classroom opening our books and sitting before the videos. But that was not the correct way, later on, I started sharing using the whiteboard, the PowerPoint presentation, sharing audio clips and the podcast… everything that was there to make our teaching more engaging and more constructive; so that more and more students like to join my classes because making students join online classes was another trouble. I was not able to create the same environment at home. Then I started searching for tools on the internet like tools to make classes engaging and interactive… Many times I found kids were interested and a few times they were not. After a few classes, I found that indeed these tools are helpful and online learning is interesting. As a teacher, I enjoy teaching in a face-to-face setting as I can interact with them and I can see the joy or boredom on kids faces. Well, yes this is possible in online mode as well but I think the environment of face-to-face learning is far different from online learning.

Let’s compare

Online vs. Blended vs. Face-to-Face Venn Diagram - OBT Portfolio Rebecca Bailey

Online/distance learning and face-to-face learnings both have their pros and cons. The Venn diagram above illustrates the difference and common points to consider in both types of learning settings. Both of the settings emphasize engagement and regularity. In face-to-face mode teachers can see the students physically whereas online students have the option of being behind an off-camera. Many times teachers have to judge their students only by the sound that they receive from students. Another challenge of online mode is internet connectivity when it is not working properly or it is not working at all then the student misses the lecture or they are not able to understand the things properly that are being taught in the lecture. The blended learning option provides students with the option of attending classes in both online and face-to-face settings.

So, I would like to begin with a few tools that I have used and a few that are new to me but I am eager to use them as well. I love Mentimeter, Kahoot, Equate and Animaker. I am eager to use many new apps but in this blog, I will mention my recent favourite ones that I am planning to use i.e. Quizizz and PearDeck.


Mentimeter - YouTubeThis tool is used to create presentations with real-time feedback. It is an easy-to-use online editor in which the presenter can ask questions, and do polling and quizzes to make the presentation interactive. I enjoy this tool because it is user-friendly and the colour options are pretty attractive. I have been using this for a long time now… I have used it in my graduate class presentations and with my students as well.

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It is a game-based learning platform in which teachers can create multiple-choice quizzes, true/false, puzzles etc. It can be used for any subject and on any device. It is a fun and engaging game which makes students gain knowledge while playing. I made a Kahoot for the first time in my last week’s presentation and I enjoyed the whole process. I came to know about it in my first graduate class and yes… as a participant it is more fun.


Home - Equate Formula Solver App | Solve and learn about Formulae!This is a formula-solving application. As an engineer, I find this app very helpful and I studied this app in my digital citizenship course. I wrote several blogs which talk about everything that this app comprises. This app can be easily used on a phone. This application has approximately 400 basic formulas in Economics, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. . I am using this application for my personal use and for my students who are weak in remembering formulas. It is a quick guide and whenever I search for a formula I have always found one. Moreover, there are informative videos also that helped students to revise the basic concepts through which these formulas were derived


Animaker, Make Animated Videos on Cloud for freeThis is video animation software. In this, we can create characters and create a video according to our content. It is an easy-to-use free tool which helps in creating engaging videos. I created a video for my last digital course’s summary of learning. This tool provides easy edit options and if a person is not comfortable recording his audio then the tool has automated recording of men/women and kids as well. Several options of background, sound, character, and accessories make it an attractive tool.


This is a gamified student learning platform. I have never used this tool but it is like Kahoot. The difference is it is not a time constraint and it can be used asynchronously as well. It provides an option for live and synchronous learning as well.  It can be used for creating quizzes that are engaging and attractive. The quizzes help students recall facts and retain the knowledge that they have gained in the classroom.


Pear Deck for Google Slides | Pear Deck — Pear DeckIt is a web-based application for K-12 school students and teachers. This is also a presentation tool. You can apply it to your Microsoft PowerPoints to get students engaged and create an interactive presentation. I have not used this tool but I find it very attractive and I am planning to use it in my future classes. It is a great formative assessment tool. And like Mentimeter, we can ask questions from students and see their responses in real time.

So, to conclude I would like to say that I think using the traditional and online methods of teaching is required at this time. We as teachers should try to maintain a balance between these. To make the classroom interactive and engaging, tools play a vital role but that doesn’t mean we can skip the use of traditional tools in our classrooms. The blended learning classrooms have both tools and books in the classroom setting and I believe this type of setup is helpful for both teachers and students.


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