Advantages of Distance Learning

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Distance learning is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom. Distance education is education designed for learners who live at a distance from the teaching institution or education provider. It is the enrollment and study with an educational institution that provides organized, formal learning opportunities for students. Presented in a sequential and logical order, the instruction is offered wholly or primarily by distance study, through virtually any media.

  • Lots of flexibility.

    With distance learning courses, students can complete their course work from just about anywhere, provided theres a computer and internet connection. This allows students to work when and where it is more convenient for them without having to squeeze in scheduled classes to an already busy life.

  • No commuting.

    Taking a course online can be one way to cut down on costly gas or public transportation. Since students can often work from home to complete their class assignments, both time and money are saved in cutting out the trips to and from class.

  • Lowered costs.

    Prices for online courses are generally cheaper than their oncampus counterparts and you wont have to worry about commuting, moving or getting meal plans on campus, some additional benefits to learning from home.

  • Learn while working.

    As distance learning can usually be completed on your own schedule, it is much easier to complete distance learning courses while working than more traditional educational programs. Keeping your job gives you more income, experience and stability while completing your degree giving you less to worry about and more time to focus on your studies.

The main advantage of distance learning is that it allows you to fit your learning around your work and home life.

  • You can usually also set your own pace of study.
  • It is your decision as to when and where you study.
  • It doesn't matter where you live you can gain a degree from anywhere in the world.
  • As with a full-time degree, students may find that they gain useful, transferable skills, such as planning and research.
  • A distance learning course often costs less than a full-time degree.

The downside is that you will not enjoy the conviviality of being on a campus and rubbing shoulders with fellow students on a daily basis.

  • Loneliness and feelings of isolation should be avoided however by frequent online contact with tutors and taking part in virtual forums, virtual help groups and discussion rooms.
  • Distance learning providers usually offer dedicated support to their online or distance learning students.

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