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Pros and Cons of Distance Learning

In order to make the right decision about distance learning, you should first consider the pros and cons.

Distance learning is a great way to obtain a higher education. However, you should choose the best learning method for you based on your own goals and study habits. There are many advantages to online education as well as a few factors that could inhibit your learning.

Education decisionsPros

  • There is no time spent commuting to classes.
  • There are no travel costs.
  • You set your own hours.
  • You can schedule your time around your current job and personal schedule because the hours are flexible.
  • Your geographic location does not limit your learning options.
  • You can benefit from distance learning if you have certain health conditions that might otherwise keep you out of school.
  • You do not have to keep up with the pace of the group. This works for those who seem to always be behind or ahead of the group.
  • There is less classroom competition
  • More flexible deadlines
  • Up to date material via Internet

Cons

  • If you are the type of student that performs better with the aid of visual or verbal cues you may be at a disadvantage.
  • You have to be a little more patient when getting your questions answered. You are not in a traditional setting so you have to correspond by e-mail when you want to speak to your instructor.
  • Lack of face to face interaction with other students will reduce learning and study opportunities with your peers.
  • You may be required to set your own deadlines which requires more motivation and self discipline than traditional classroom settings which usually have a set end-of-term date.
  • More potential for miscommunication due to misinterpreted written instructions
  • You may have a delay to have your questions answered by email or on a discussion board. (although some classes also offer telephone support)

 

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