5 big benefits of distance learning
The rise of the internet and growth in digital technology has revolutionised the education system, with many institutions now running distance learning courses where you complete your studies online.
Distance learning has removed learning from the classroom and broken down various barriers to education – but it remains a slightly divisive topic.
However, since we believe that the pros by far outweigh the cons, here are four big benefits of distance learning.
On a distance learning course you can wave goodbye to restrictive timetables that clash with your social commitments. You’ll still have deadlines, but it’s entirely up to you when you put in the graft.
This makes distance learning a great option for people with busy lives or other important commitments which they can’t give up, such as work, volunteering and parenting,
Furthermore, you can study wherever you want (internet providing), rather than worrying about commuting to campus, which means makes it easier for you to maximise your study time.
As a distance learning student it’s not only up to you when and where you learn but how and how much you learn, all without competitive coursemates and tutors interfering and checking up on you.
This massive amount of freedom allows you to practice important skills that campus-based courses don’t test quite as intensively, such as organisation and time-management – which are highly prized in the world of work.
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Physical attendance is rarely (if at all) required on distance learning courses, which means you’re less restricted by location when choosing a learning institution.
As such, online institutions are more likely to attract a more diverse cohort of learners, which means you’ll have the opportunity to connect with people you’d otherwise never meet, like international students from the other side of the world.
Distance learning courses are therefore a great place to diversify your social circle and build a strong global network as you work towards your academic and professional goals.
Distance learning students have access to state of the art Learning Management Systems which are equipped with just about everything you might need for successful study.
For example, online institution Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning has Canvas, where students can access interactive learning resources, teaching notes and interact with tutors.
This regular use of digital platforms and resources could also help you stand out in the job market, where businesses are currently facing a large digital skills gap within their workforces.
As technology continues to advance so rapidly, it’s likely the number of distance learning courses will too.
Hopefully this list has inspired you to take the plunge and delve into the wonderful and exciting world of online learning.
That’s our list! Let us know your thoughts on distance learning in the comments section.