Distance Education Offers Convenient Way to Learn

January 01, 2009
An education transformation is on the horizon.

Studies have long shown that distance learning is as complete and effective as traditional classroom learning. Now, the public is quickly discovering this fact, thanks in part to the rapid growth in Internet connectivity and Web literacy. Distance education was originally designed for people unable to attend a traditional school, but today, traditional students, even those on campus, often opt for distance learning courses.

The demand for distance education options is definitely increasing. In a 2008 study, the Sloan Consortium found that the growth rate for online higher education courses was 12.9 percent. That’s 11.7 percent higher than the overall growth in the higher education student population. Sloan also discovered that in the fall of 2007, more than 20 percent of all higher education students took at least one online course.

Why is distance education so popular?

It’s flexible. One of the most attractive benefits of distance education programs is the ability to study when you want, where you want. Students can hit the books in the morning, afternoon, evening, during the weekend – whatever works for them. This flexibility appeals to many students who find the rigid schedules of traditional education limiting. And for many working professionals and parents, the ability to study during off-hours is what makes furthering their education possible at all. Many employers have noted this benefit and use distance learning to train their employees without losing them to the classroom.

It’s personalized. Many distance-education programs are self-paced. Students can advance quickly through material they’ve already mastered and slow down on new material. Unlike traditional classrooms that either progress at the pace of the slowest student or leave some students behind, the speed of distance education can often be tailored to each student. One-on-one interaction with the professor – whether by phone, e-mail or text message – also 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. In addition, the distance-education student saves money by eliminating commuting to class. Because the programs are flexible, distance-education students don’t have to give up their jobs or dramatically alter their personal schedules.

The rising popularity of distance education reveals a shift in student values. For many of today’s money-conscious, time-strapped students, distance education offers the best opportunity for success.

Weston Distance Learning, Inc.
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Weston Distance Learning Inc., has been a leader in distance education for more than a quarter of a century. It offers accredited correspondence and online certificates and associate degree programs through three schools: At-Home Professions, U.S. Career Institute and McKinley College.