For many students, distance learning is a very good alternative to traditional classroom-based education. Before you decide to enrol for a distance learning course, you should consider the advantages as well as the disadvantages in order to determine whether it is the right option for you.
Flexibility:Students can study according to their own schedules. It is possible to work and study at the same time. You do not need to sacrifice your family commitments in order to study part-time via distance learning. You are also able to study at a pace that you are comfortable with.
Accessibility:Distance learning increases access to education, particularly for students who live in remote areas, people who are unable to travel to classes, people with disabilities, and people who have to stay at home to look after young children.
Costs:As there are no travelling costs involved, it is often more affordable for students to study via distance learning. It is also easier for people to study if they are able to work full-time while furthering their education.
Choice:Students can choose to study courses that are offered bydistance learninginstitutions all over the world. They need not be limited to the choices that are offered by academic institutions in the area.
Requires access to technology:Distance learning students usually need to have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection in order to complete their studies successfully. They also need to have adequate computer skills, and should be comfortable using the relevant technology. In South Africa in particular, access to technology may be a problem for many students.
Lack of social interaction:There are no classes to attend, which means that there is no face-to-face communication between students and instructors, or between fellow students. While this may be an advantage for shy students, other students may feel isolated or lonely.
Less structured:Distance learningprogrammesoften have a less formal structure than classroom-based learning programmes. This means that students require higher levels of self-discipline and motivation in order to stay on track with their studies. They are responsible for devising and keeping to their own schedules.
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