This blog intends to define Virtual Schooling, and outline the differences between Homeschooling and Virtual schooling. Homeschooling also known as ‘Home Education’ & Virtual Schooling also known as ‘e-learning’ or ‘learning from home’ are two different modes of education. But the two terms Homeschooling and Virtual Schooling are being used interchangeably. So, let’s explore the differences & similarities as we read along…

Read about ‘Homeschooling’ here.

Virtual schooling is different from Homeschooling. In virtual schooling (e-schooling), the school work, knowledge transfers or learning happens at home instead of a physical school building. To complete the courses and schoolwork, students and teachers connect virtually for an online programme. It includes online homework, worksheet, textbooks and other information—students log in to their personal secured account to upload or access their work.

The students complete their assigned work and submit it through an online programme. The teacher assesses the work submitted by the students and manages the students learning for each class. A portion of the course conducted via live webinar classes, the students can interact with the teacher in real-time via microphones or chat software. The virtual school allows teachers to teach a curriculum established by the school. Whereas in homeschooling, parents are the teachers who teach predetermined guidelines to complete the state-required standards. Also, in virtual schooling methods, the schools conduct state-regulated tests on different online platforms. Contrary to this, no such assessments are there for these students.

Both Virtual schooling and homeschooling, allow the students to study outside the school. It is essential to understand the thin-line difference between the design and pattern of two curriculums before deciding the child’s education. 

Setting all differences aside, one can find that both types of education promote enthusiasm and learning independence, teachers and parents can construct the daily school work around their learning preference and interests. 

In present times, parents are adopting a blended approach to support their child’s learning which is commendable. In India, parents are now no more limiting their ward’s education restrained to the traditional curriculums by the schools; they are also choosing to enrol their kids to online courses and workshops which the child is passionate for.

Though Virtual school and homeschool have similarities, they are used interchangeably. Looking at the present uncertain period, the schools physically starting their operations, and children going to school is unlikely until the end of the year 2021. Schooling from home for formal school goers is the need of the hour for an unprecedented period because of the COVID-19 situation to contain its spread. So, the conversation around the teaching method led to ‘homeschooling’ being used widely but conversely. Also, in this period, many parents would want to re-consider the method of teaching, whether homeschool or formal schools or best of both the worlds for their wards. A model of education where formal schooling is joined by homeschooling in a complementary role, can add to our children’s learning experience. The unlock period provides a good opportunity to explore homeschooling.

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