We recently spoke to some of our community members at HelloMeets, about, “What do they prefer more and why?”, and we got their choices as below:

Ravi Agrawal, Product Designer @Spinny — Nothing better than a mentor-mentee system, I think.
Video lessons, on the other hand are interaction-less, only partial understanding of subject matter occurs in their case.

Sawarandeep Singh, Senior Venture Capital Associate | India Lead @Axon Partners Group — P2P learning is better as there’s personal touch and experiential learning through someones experience.

Raj Rohit, Senior Software Engineer, Data Science @Zomato — I have experienced both. I am currently doing a nanodegree from Udacity, where I have a mentor to rely upon and critique my work and code.

I’m thus far loving this, as having a mentor always helps you guage yourself and get quick professional help.

Amit Gupta, Gaming Team Lead @Myntra — The quality of udacity and coursera is such that any other offline is not able to match it in Indian context. I would prefer physical learning just for the interaction with peers, provided given a great teacher at sensible costs (unlike b school) .. Some great work in offline is happening in the USA for people to get jobs in great software companies like Hack Reactor and App Academy. Those programs might be really helpful in the Indian ecosystem now.

Lokesh Kumar, an Engineering student —

Why Video lessons?
1. It is less costly as compared to offline.
2. We can pause it, have some rest and then continue. We anyways, can’t concentrate for a very long time.
3. If we miss some point or topic we can go back and watch it again.
4. If we want to increase the pace or want to slow down our learning process, then we can do it on video lessons whereas in case of offline lessons, we have to be at pace with the class.
5. If we have a good day and are in mood to learn, then we can study more and learn new topics which is not possible in offline learning.

Why Offline lessons?
1. To clear our doubt we require peer to peer engagement.
2. If we want to know more about a particular topic then we can do it on offline method whereas in online method if we search, we get some random suggestions or random solutions (personal experience matters).

Nalini Kher, Social Media Lead @Sirez Ltd — Peer to Peer any day!! Video lessons are tutorials.

Aditi Chadha, Founder & CEO @DAZL — Video but in a small group.

Abhilash Rout, Founder @Salefee — I have deep experience in education industry and do part time consulting for education startups.

As a business, online programs are hot selling as the price is low and convenient to learn. But the truth is that, Indian market is more of a certification market than of a training one. Most people just want a certificate as it is prerequisite in company for growth or a new job. People will prefer and ask for classroom training .They usually delay or back out on price.

Deepak Goel, Founder @Testformula.com — Videos have more advantage, considering the accessibility is not an issue ( Wifi & Other tech facilities). However being in Edtech, I still feel “Human Intervention” is required at face to face level to some extent.

Devika Das, Senior Content Writer @Kellton Tech — Peer to peer is really awesome.

Shaharyar Zaidi, Digital Marketer — P2P learning, anyday. The level of interaction and personal touch involved can never be beaten by video lessons.

Hardeep Singh Mehra,Hacker — Video as you can circulate it more hence they are made with details, touching various test cases.

Ishani Lahiri, a Vocalist, Founder at Rocktara — Video only if no option available. Nothing beats one on one / small group classes for most of the things. Hesitation is lessened with interaction and the process becomes more sensory.

Abhijeet Sanyal, Reporter at Yibada English and also a Musician — I do both kind of lessons. It’s how you communicate the subject to your students. P2P lessons have a different feel but Skype can also have a similar effect if the teaching style is good.

Our upcoming offline workshops are —

Google Analytics Workshop — 16th July | 3pm to 7pm

How should Developers & Designers work together to Speed up the work? — 17th July | 10 am to 4 am

Content Marketing Workshop — 17th July | 3pm to 7pm