What is distance learning?

When someone completes coursework away from an actual school campus, it is generally called distance learning. This is an umbrella term for many types of learning, including online classes and classes available through the mail. Many distance learning programs are connected to traditional schools, others exist independently.

 

 

 

What are the cons of distance learning?

 Distance learners tend to miss out on some of the social components of traditional education. Aside from chart rooms and bulletin boards, students miss out on classroom discussion and personalized interaction. Many people find it difficult to maintain the organization and self-motivation required to be successful. Procrastinators have a particularly difficult time when there are not specific due dates for assignments

 

Is distance learning for everyone?

No. Distance learning is an excellent choice for many people. However, not everyone is successful with such independent work. Distance learners need to be self-motivated, organized, and proficient in reading. They also need to be content with being away from the traditional social opportunities (such as class discussions and in-person tutoring) that a regular college offers. Before you decide to switch to an online program, check to make sure you have the five qualities of successful distance learners

 

Who can take online classes?

Anyone can take classes online. According to the Sloan Consortium, a group of organizations dedicated to the quality of online education, more than 1.6 million students are enrolled in an online school. People choose to learn from home for a number of different reasons. Some enjoy the independence, some are home bound for health reasons, some find it an easier way to balance school and life, and some appreciate the ability to learn at their own pace. Whatever your reason is, make sure you thoroughly research your online options before you enroll.