There are many positives and also some negatives involved in Distance Learning. If it is something in which you may be interested, it is a good idea to consider all of the following.
Let’s begins with the Pros of Distance Learning. As you will quickly note, there are many benefits. Here is a brief rundown.
(1) Convenience: it is often easier for some people to take courses only when you need them, on a schedule that is easy for you to maintain, instead of a university’s pre-set and potentially difficult-to-meet semester plan.
(2) Flexibility: when you study online, there are no set class times. You can’t be“late” to class. And only you decide when to complete reading or other class assignments. In other words, you can work at your own pace.
(3) Availability: Distance Learning is becoming much more popular, respected and trusted. Currently, there are many well-known accredited and reputable online schools, colleges and universities.
(4) Cost: generally, online courses are much less expensive than traditional colleges. Think about it: there is no need to pay for campus housing or for meal plans.
(5) Accessibility: if you have a computer and a high speed connection, you can take your classes anywhere, anytime.
(6) No Job Interruption: this is a big plus for anyone who is trying to juggle a career and an education. With Distance Learning, you don’t have to quit your job in order to go back to school. Youcan study, and learn, on your own time.
(7) No Wasted Travel Time: your classroom is anywhere you keep your computer. That means you don’t ever have to spend time traveling to class.
(8) You Set the Pace: you can work as quickly or as slowly as you like.
(9) There Are No Travel Expenses: you don’t have to drive to school or take public transportation. Your school is right in your own home.
(10) Perfect For Those Who Are Learning-Challenged: if you are a slow learner or language-challenged, Distance Learning could be right for you.
There are, of course, some negatives when it comes to online education. Here are some of the Cons of Distance Learning.
(1) There is No Instruction to Help You: when you study online, you are on your own. You will not have access to the personalized attention and help that a teacher provides.
(2) There May Be a Stigma Attached to Your Diploma: Online education is gaining is stature and reputation, but it still has a long way to go. Your diploma may be perceived as much less valuable and important than one received from a traditional college or university.
(3) You Need to Be Computer-Savvy. If you lack basic computer skills, you will be unable to succeed with Distance Learning.
(4) There is No Social Interaction: Online education can be a lonely experience.You will not be invited to parties or after-school get-togethers.
(5) Distance Learning Is Wrong For Procrastinators: You have to be motivated and ready to push yourself when you study online because there is no teacher to keep after you.
(6) There Is Virtually No Support: to repeat, you are on your own. That means you need to be driven and resourceful to succeed.
(7) You Will Miss the Campus Atmosphere: Traditional colleges have beautiful campuses and thousands of students. Online education has none of that.
Now that you know the “pros and cons” of Distance Learning, it’s up to you to decide if studying before a computer screen is right for you.