What is
Distance and Online Education?


Distance education involves delivering learning sources via the internet to students that are not able to or prefer not to attend a classroom setting. There are reasons that students cannot go to a school in-person, such as time concerns or location issues. However, some students simply prefer online learning (e-learning).

Students can access online programs at various locations like libraries or in their homes – wherever they can use a computer or laptop. The online programs are set up in a structured way that allow students to learn just as well as if they were sitting in front of a professor. Students, classmates, and teachers communicate between each other through posts, messages, and other online methods. There is also technical support offered by schools in case there is an internet or system problem.

There are many students that choose distance learning due to it being functional and offers immediate access to materials. Online courses use computer technology to present lessons in ways such as discussion boards, online quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, and interactive videos. Distance education makes it possible for students to get a degree while balancing other life commitments like family and work. The hours are normally very flexible, and often allow students to complete homework on days and times that best fit their schedules. This allows scheduling learning around life events rather than trying to work around a set schedule for school.

Distance learning can be a challenge for some as it requires students to be independent, plan well, and self-motivation. Regardless of the challenges, distance learning has many benefits that greatly benefit many students.

Above all, distance education programs have been carefully designed to help best meet the specific needs and requirements that arise when learning is taking place outside of a traditional classroom setting.


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