Well, ‘Distance Learning’ is where a student studies a course online / remotely without the inclusion of face-to-face learning or a tutor being present in the ‘classroom’. The materials and units are produced by the university or college and sent to the student. If students are needing technical support, it will be sent through a virtual learning environment, phone, email etc. This depends on the university/college.
Even though the learning is done online and remotely, there will be the occasional face-to-face meetings. Future studies in the course and any other important details will be said here.
Is there any future for it? Well, a quarter of a million students are taking the first-degree course through a distance learning programme / online study (part-time and full time). The number is still growing at a fairly fast pace. Statistically, there will be a future for online courses and online learning.
Distance Learning in the majority of cases has a lot of value. Of course, a factor involved is where you live. Within the UK, if you do choose to study online, a lot of the time it does have value, though it can depend on the course and experience. You can even use ‘Distance Learning’ in an open university.
Once completing a university course on ‘Distance Learning’, it will be very much like a regular and valid degree. The only difference is that you study through ‘virtual classrooms’, and at your own pace.
‘Distance Learning’ is, in fact, transforming higher education. Well, let’s say you’re in a remote area/village with internet access or a student who wants to study an American course within the EU. Students who wouldn’t have a chance can study the course in the comfort of their own home anywhere, anytime in the world, giving a huge range of opportunities for everyone.
Universities offer excelling services to prepare students for bachelors and degrees online, and they’re working. Online studies need to suit your needs for your learning, and this is the key to ‘Distance Learning’. Higher educations want you to go a little extra for the benefits that suit you.
‘Distance Learning’ is good and has many benefits, more than what you would think. It has some downsides, but very few that the benefits overrule it. You can study whenever you feel, not have to travel to a classroom, save on a lot of money/tuition fees and study at your own pace.
Saving time is important, especially when you are really busy. Doing this, you have the luxury of studying when you want, without being scheduled at a classroom. It’s almost like two lives, you can study whilst being with your friends and family, or even study while earning. Since online learning has been designed especially for your mobile, you can watch videos and learn on the go like in the subway, or on your break at work.
You get to decide when you want to log on to your course(s) and not have to worry about finding your classroom. You can use the time of finding your classroom to study!
Whilst saving time is important, everyone would like to save on money. Taking a ‘Distance Learning’ course costs much less than doing a course in person. For example, Nottingham Trent University online courses cost at €4,000 per year, whilst a normal course at Nottingham Trent University costs €14,500 per year (internationally).
You are saving €10,500 and this is just the tuition fee. Imagine adding on the travel costs, student visas, place of stay, this would cost much more. You get the same degree by going there and studying online, so if you’re international, I’d recommend studying online!
Taking an online course means you can take your time and learn at your own pace. This is handy, especially for those who are stressed out a lot with work, or even the course itself. It allows you to be more calm with your work and deny the stress that would come into play if you went in person. This can be helpful for those who can’t deal with stress too well, consider ‘Distance Learning’!