One of the many ways technology has made learning and education easier is the close proximity it created between knowledge seekers and knowledge centers. Gone are the days when only traditional means of learning, i.e class room style were the only option. Today, there is even more opportunity for you to acquire an education even from the comfort of your room. Distance learning otherwise known as online education offer such opportunity.
To think that one can relax at the comfort of one’s home, shop, park, office or even by the beach-side and gain quality knowledge from tutors in institutions of higher learning around the world is an experience worth sharing. Here harbors the beauty of online education otherwise known as distance learning system.
I defined distance learning as a kind of education where learning is made possible through a ‘one on one’ comprehensive interaction between students and tutors by electronic means or mail without having to be physically present in a classroom. This is achieved through the use of electronic gadgets like internet enabled phones, I-Pads, and personal computers or laptops.
Whether you are an international undergraduate or postgraduate student who desire a flexible learning mode overseas, distance learning system offers a number of advantages, especially as students are able to study from any part of the world with a computer or mobile device and good internet connection since courses are offered via correspondence or virtual classrooms.
In leading international student destinations, most universities and colleges are already distance learning-friendly through their online education courses, while few universities undertake distance learning programs in developing countries.
Today we have many people including professional men and women who take part in distance learning system of learning without having to worry about their jobs. Today, with distance learning, one can attain greater heights academically without directly attending a university or college. Many international students are being able to study abroad right from the comfort of their home country.
Benefits of distance learning system
From my experience, these are the benefits of distance learning.
1. Helps you learn at your own speed
Distance learning system offer students the flexibility and time to learn at their own speed and space regardless of distance and location. It makes distance of non-effect in the pursuit of high quality education. One major benefit of distance learning is that students don’t need to be physically present at a designated location in order to study.
One can study from home, the office, or even on transit that is if you can cope from there. Like when I took an online course with the University of Sydney, Australia on a tuition-fee scholarship, I almost never knew I was acquiring a serious education because it didn’t put any burden on me, talking of the usual hassle of school stress. This particularly comes handy for business owners and those working on full time jobs without having to loose valuable working hours while pursuing higher education.
You learn at your own speed whether you are a tortoise or deer in academic ability.
2. Saves time and money
One of the most visible advantages of distance learning is that it reduces financial expenditure and saves time. Students don’t have to be present at regular hours as one can take courses morning, noon or night.
Online education is extremely beneficial if you have lots of responsibilities and chores at home, or have a full time job that doesn’t allow you time for conventional education or if you lack the means of covering the necessary distance to and from the university you desire to study. No need to worry about bus fares and prolonged lectures.
Contrary to what people think, distance learning is a noble learning mode that gives students the privilege of studying on their own terms, comfortably within their budget and schedule. There are also many organizations and colleges abroad awarding distance learning scholarships to international students. Have me send you new scholarship notifications by dropping your email here.
3. Aid enhancement of skills
Online education comes handy for people desiring to update an existing qualification to increase their earning potentials, wanting to change career, or enhance skills within a specific area, studying online on a part-time or full-time basis can be an excellent way to achieve those goals without necessarily having to give up on current responsibilities.
Enhancing your skills or acquiring a higher degree, thus growing professionally from the comfort of your room without having to worry about your career is perhaps your best bet.
Let me make an illustration – Scott is a young banker in South Africa. He is doing very much well and choked with time as a banker. He wants to gain advanced knowledge in banking or a related field at a college abroad, say the United States, and thus acquire the certification that comes with it. He doesn’t want to quit his job to enroll for a program that would necessitate frequenting the university or college for fear of putting his job on the line. After all, the job pays his bills and will definitely pay for whatever superior knowledge he wants to acquire. He then enroll for a course online with any of the colleges in the US, indicating interest to take a distance learning course.
He pays his tuition fee online, and get a complete outline of courses he will undertake for the online program. Through the college online platform, at a scheduled time and date, he comes online and learn first-hand from the tutor through a live video and at some other times, returning questionnaire through emails. At the end of the course, he takes his exams. If he passes, he gets a certification for the course – an international certificate. That’s how it is, convenient, fast, and recognized, that’s how I got my first certificate. Here are 10 things you need to know about studying in USA
4. Reduces stress
Where the subject of distance learning systems is discussed, the first thing that comes to mind is the relative ease one earns a degree compared to traditional mode of learning. All online education require is a computer or tablet, an internet connection, and your focus. That said, there is nothing more stress-relieving academically than taking lectures, submitting assignments, responding to questions from your home, office, or any location.
Students taking distance learning courses don’t have to worry about catching bus, being late for lectures, receiving lectures in overcrowded lecture venues, or submitting assignments, or even registering courses at designated locations.
As a wife or nursing mother, distance learning is priceless. Whether you are preparing a child for school, or have to prepare meals, or you are in the room, kitchen or your business place, your learning continue.
5. Provides value to employers
In today’s competitive world, employers don’t have the patience of waiting for you to acquire a higher education while still keeping your job. With distance learning systems, one can keep a job while studying at their own convenience without having to loose valuable income by being laid off from work.
Polishing skills, and building on your qualification with your job guaranteed will provides value for employers as you will become a more valuable employee without loosing valuable working hours. Here, distance learning is a win-win situation.
In my opinion, online education, what you call distance learning, is for every age notwithstanding but most suitable for the following categories of persons:
(i) Business persons who are caught up with business activities that they do not find enough time and space to enroll for a regular mode of education in their choice college abroad.
(ii) Working-class individuals who already have at least a basic degree/certificate and are currently working but desire to go for higher knowledge in their field or other areas of interest.
(iii) Nursing mothers who are engrossed with the responsibilities of taking care of their children and wards but with desire to further their educational pursuit in a foreign college.
(iv) Prison inmates who are kept in correctional facilities but are provided with internet enabled devices to acquire quality education through distance learning system.
(v) Educationally disadvantaged people who live in remote areas with no access to
higher education. With the availability of internet enabled phones, they can enroll for distance learning courses and get the most from international education.
With all the advantages of distance learning systems brought to the table, it is therefore no surprise why online mode of study is fast becoming a household name and one of the best ways of advancing careers, although in a flexible way. As an African proverb says, “Education is liberation” and distance learning system is the new face of education. You may want to see the merits and demerits of studying abroad on distance learning.
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