Every sector has been turned upside down by Covid-19, and the education sector is no exception. But, like other industries, the education industry is gradually returning to normal, with the touch of technological advancement that would have taken much longer to implement otherwise.
Education fairs are beneficial not just for the organisers but also for the students and colleges that participate. Students have the incredible opportunity to communicate with dozens, if not hundreds, of college representatives and obtain information all in one spot. University representatives, on the other hand, have the opportunity to interact with students and recruit them to their university. Students further plan their future actions depending on their interactions with different university representatives. However, the pandemic and implementation of travel bans and social distancing have made us all wary about huge gatherings.
Here are the 7 Differences beetween Physical (In-Person) Vs Virtual
Imagine cancelling your entire day’s plans and driving for hours (if it’s a national education fair) to a destination that will already be crowded with hundreds of students. Doesn’t sound good, does it? Virtual education fairs, thankfully, eliminate the need to travel! So you can access a virtual education fair anytime, anywhere with just a couple of clicks. You can be in Delhi and attend an education fair held in Australia from the convenience of your home. Another benefit of virtual education is that students can make an informed decision about their future studies while remaining at home with their complete family. Universities, on the other hand, get to represent and recruit students from all over the world in the most convenient, time and cost-effective way possible (because they don’t have to go at all!).
2. Time efficiency:
3. Availability of content:
While it’s great to nod along while university representatives deliver important information about their institutions, students are likely to forget what they discussed after they leave the physical fair. Students could also attempt taking notes, but taking note of everything while simultaneously absorbing everything representatives say, especially in a busy area, sounds stressful and impracticable. This is not a desirable situation to be in, particularly for students who want to get a jump start in their academic careers.
4. Traditional vs Virtual Education Fair Interactive Experience:
Virtual education fairs, as opposed to traditional formats, provide a more participatory atmosphere for students. At a traditional physical event, the organisers can only accommodate so many activities due to time constraints. However, in a virtual event, organizers have the ability to provide features such as live chats, live Q&A, live polls, one-on-one or small group networking sessions, contests, quizzes, and a variety of other activities that make the entire experience of attending a virtual education fair an interactive one for students.
5. Breakout Sessions:
Students attend education fairs to find answers to their questions from reputable sources. With a huge turnout at traditional education fairs, conducting small specific topic-focused sessions is always a challenge for organizers/universities. It is easier for university representatives to manage all queries seamlessly in the virtual or digital format of education fairs, with multiple sessions running at the same time. Smaller focused group sessions are held online to discuss certain topics of interest for students. They can discuss and ask questions about issues on which they want more or deeper knowledge. These breakout sessions are beneficial for students who require more tailored interactive sessions or who find it difficult to interact with presenters in a large group setting.
Education fairs attract a large number of universities. Students visit various booths and speak with university representatives in the traditional format. Throughout the process, they collect a large number of brochures from each booth they visit. Students usually have a stack of booklets or brochures to take home with them by the end of the fair. Only one of the two is used, and the rest is forgotten because there is so much information to refer. There is always the possibility that these hard copies will be misplaced.
Undoubtedly, virtual education fairs help in keeping the environment greener & healthier. Unlike physical events, virtual events create no amount of waste products like thrown out food, physical promotional materials like pamphlets, banners, brochures etc. Since virtual events do not require venue or travelling, the energy consumption also cuts down drastically. All in all, it is safe to say that virtual education fairs are completely sustainable and eco-friendly.
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