Pros and Cons of Distance Learning
In order to make the right decision about distance
learning, you should first consider the pros
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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