Technology is transforming the face of education by moving learning away from the classroom.
According to Online Learning Consortium, more than 6 million people are enrolled on distance learning courses which allow them to study remotely, via digital channels.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people are choosing distance learning.
One of the most appealing aspects of distance learning is the degree of flexibility it affords you. It removes the need to attend classes in person so that you can study at the time and place that suits you best. This makes this type of learning perfect for people with other important and demanding commitments such as childcare or employment, as you can fit your studies around these.
Distance learning also removes geographical barriers, which in turn, gives learners a wider pool of learning institutions to choose from. This increases your chances of finding the course that’s best for you, even if the provider is based on the other side of the world, you’ll still be able to enrol without uprooting your life and relocating. This wikiHow guide on choosing an online course has some great tips for anyone looking to enrol.
Participants on online courses are far less tied down than those enrolled on campus learning. Free from the confines of a timetabled classes that require attendance, distance learners essentially have the freedom to do whatever they want with their lives whenever they want – from going on holiday, to getting a job and moving to a new house.
Studying for a degree is not cheap, however, opting for the remote learning route helps keep the cost down. Learners will still have to pay tuition fees, but they can avoid the additional costs associated with campus learning, such as transport and student accommodation. This, combined with the fact that it’s easier to fit employment around distance learning, means that online learners can maintain a better financial position during their studies.
- Online learning environment
Many course providers offer state of the art virtual learning environments to support students in their learning. For example, online specialists Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning have created Canvas, where learners can access learning materials such as teaching notes, module guides and interactive quizzes, all from their phone. These platforms also enable you to interact with fellow distance learners to share your experiences and support one another.
There are a number of great things about distance learning, so it’s easy to see why more and more people are choosing it. And it will be interesting to see how advances in technology continue to transform the way we learn going forward.
Why do you think people are choosing online learning? Share your thoughts in the comments section.