Distance education or long-distance learning is the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally, this usually involved correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via post. Today it involves online education.
Why Distance Education
Distance education was originally designed for people unable to attend traditional schools. Today, it is a popular education option for students from all walks of life. Even students on traditional campuses are opting for distance learning courses.
Benefits of Distance Education
- Many distance education programs are self-paced. Students can advance quickly through material they’ve already mastered and slow down on new material.
- Study when you want, where you want.
- Employers use distance learning to train their employees without losing them to the classroom.
- Your education goes where you go. Those who travel extensively in their jobs or move place to place, like military families, can pursue their courses wherever their lives take them.
- One-on-one interaction with the instructor by phone or email helps individualize the instruction.
- It’s affordable. Distance education courses often cost less than traditional courses.
- Educational institutions that offer strictly distance learning don’t incur the costs of maintaining a campus, so these savings are passed on to the student.
- Students save money by eliminating the commute to class.
- Students don’t have to give up their jobs or dramatically alter their personal schedules.
- For many of today’s money-conscious, time-strapped students, distance education offers the best opportunity for success.