Distance learning does not suit everyone. There is an argument that it is better to study full or part time at a college or university if at all possible. However, full or part time study at an institution isn’t available to everyone because of their circumstances. For some people distance learning is ideal and the only way to further their education.
What circumstances do students prefer to subscribe to distance learning rather than enrolling in a local university or college? Usually distance learning is best suited to someone who is unable to attend college regularly. There are many such people who haven’t the time to study in an institution but have the time and can study at home in their own time.
A mother of young child is a typical example of someone who isn’t able to attend college on a regular basis. However, she may be able to find the time to study at home at her own pace. This might be true of some disabled persons, who cannot due to their illness study at college. However, at home they can study and have their needs and comfort around them. It also removes the need to travel to a college.
Some employed people may not have the time to study at college because most collages operate during business hours. These people can study during the lunch break or in the evenings when they get home.
Distant educators like the Open University for example are highly regarded by employers and the like. The Open University is accredited and one of their degrees is every bit as good as a degree from a well known university.
Some employers hold these degrees with high regard as the student has to be disciplined enough to study by themselves without the regular prompt of a tutor. Often distance learners study under difficult circumstances perhaps whilst caring for young children or maybe attached to a dialysis machine.
Distance learning is also useful for those who are not specifically interested in furthering their career but hungry for knowledge and a certificate to strive for and achieve. Distance learning allows the student to study at their own pace in the time available to them. In most instances there is a formal exam at the end of the course. Courses are also usually specific in length so one does need to be disciplined enough to finish the course on time.