Distance learning is the best choice for some students. Many students have a negative idea about distance learning, as they feel there is very little interaction with teachers and peers, and that they will miss out on campus life, which is quite an important part of a student’s life. But there is more to distance learning than isolation and independent study.
Here are some reasons why distance learning is the best choice for some students.
Some students cannot afford to attend full-time studies. They have financial commitments or have to work in order to pay for their own studies. Distance learning is the best and most convenient form of studies that the student can engage in, without having to sacrifice studying all together.
Some students come from very strict households and have a very rigid upbringing. Some cultures forbid daughters to go to a public institution and mix freely with men. Unfortunately, there are very few same-sex universities and colleges in the world, and distance learning suits most families very well.
Companies sometimes sponsor employees to further their studies. They do this on a part-time basis, and distance learning institutions serve them well. They do not need to attend lectures and generally have help and support from the company.
Distance learning suits the tastes and needs of different personality types in the world. Many people are shy and do not like to interact with teachers and peers in a classroom setting. They prefer to complete assignments and study material at leisure in their own free time and way without the interruption or constant objection of their peers.
Distance learning centers generally have classrooms and campuses throughout a country or state. A student can attend certain lectures, and lectures can also be held on weekends to accommodate students who cannot attend full-time classes. These students can choose to attend which classes they want to attend and gain some exposure to their study material by interaction.
Distance learning can help students become independent and disciplined. They need to work on their own, and as they are learning most of the material themselves it can be more challenging to the student who is used to being in a classroom setting all the time.
The student needs to become more responsible, and this is not a bad thing as responsibility builds character. The student will have to be aware of deadlines for assignments and examination timetables.