Distance education by online home learning
1. Distance education programs:
Distance education can be defined as an education program imparted by an educational institution, beyond the barriers of its campus and taken by a student outside the walls of an educational institution. Distance education is a medium that connects students to the educational institutions of the world.
Distance education programs are becoming the most popular and viable way of teaching and education. More and more people are registering for distance education programs of different educational institutions. Distance education programs give freedom to a student to learn at his own pace, his own schedule and at his own convenience.
Distance education is imparted through the electronic media and study materials supplied by the educational institution for a particular course. It helps people to upgrade their educational qualification, even when they are tied up in their working schedule. Some businesses also use distance education to train their employees, as it is less time consuming, less expensive and adds to the human resources enrichment of the business.
To enrol for a distance education course, one must be sure as to what kind of specialization one is looking for. An extensive study must then be done to find out in details about the educational institutions that offer the course wanted. The time duration of the course, the fees, software needed and the time of exam must also be checked. The most important factor that should be checked is whether the school or educational institution is accredited or not. One should not register at an educational institution, which is not accredited.
Every coin has two sides and distance education programs are no exception to the rule. While a distance education program is advantageous, as it helps people to continue with their education. Despite of the demanding schedule it also has some disadvantages. It may fail to motivate a student to study, resulting in no good for the candidate. This shows registering yourself is not sufficient, you must also have the drive in yourself to continue with the study. The success of distance education also depends on the success of the technology. Without a good support system and infrastructure the distance education may be a failure.
Thus we can say that distance education is a boon for today’s busy and demanding world, but it also demands a significant level of maturity from its students.
2. The benefits of online home learning:
While there are all kinds of benefits that are associated with learning and furthering your educational goals there are even more benefits to those who wish to pursue online home learning in order to achieve those goals. I hope you will find that many of these benefits are quite enlightening and carefully consider whether or not online home learning for your secondary education needs will be in your best interests.
This is a word we are quite familiar with. Right along with instant gratification. We are a society of people who have lived with drive-thru banking and fast food and are rapidly moving in the direction of drive-thru pharmacies and dry cleaning. We live in a fast paced world and when we can work education into our busy schedules and on our own terms, we find that this is something we tend to like a lot. There is a growing number of online classes and students, as more and more professionals decide to further their degrees and their careers with this method of education, which is more convenient for many.
You can take these classes or do the work during your lunch break, while the kids are practicing soccer, or while cooking dinner (depending of course on how well you multi-task). You do not need to be in the classroom every night at 6:00 pm for the next five years in order to get the same degree of education. This by no means indicates that you will not have to do the work. The work will not change nor will the fact that you have a limited time in which to complete the work. What will change is that you will have the option of doing the work in the morning, afternoon, or after those 2 a.m. feedings when you can’t seem to get back to sleep.
There isn’t enough that can really be said about this. Online education comes to you wherever you happen to be able to connect to the Internet. Whether you are at home, at work, or your favourite Internet café you can have the convenience of taking your work with you and enjoying the environment in which you are completing your work.
2.4 Less Expensive.
No more convenience meals, childcare expenses, or gas guzzling trips to a college campus that thirty minutes away. You can now enjoy in your own home the benefits of an education without many of the financial hardships that are often associated with attending college. Internet access seems like such a small price to pay when compared with all the reasons mentioned above.
2.5 Improve online abilities.
Believe it or not, online courses help you brush up your online abilities. Seriously. You will be better at dealing with email, bulletin boards, online research, and you will learn countless other skills along the way that you probably never realized had anything to do with the courses you are actually taking-because they don’t. In other words, you are getting more of an education than you bargained for when it comes to online home learning.
2.6 Individual attention.
Online students often have more one-on-one interaction with their professors than students in a classroom. The online classroom is virtual and correspondence through email is essential in this particular learning environment. For this reason it is quite possible that your professors will know more about you and your learning patterns and needs than they will know about most of the students they see two or three times a week in their classrooms.
2.7 Self-improvement and self-development.
Any type of online home learning or home learning by any other means, is equivalent to self-improvement and self-development. Quote: “Formal education will make one a living. Self-education will make one a fortune.” – Jim Rohn
2.8 Self-improvement in team leadership skills.
Development of team leadership skills is one of the the most neglected development areas in most organisations worldwide.
When there is an economic growth period or an organisation expansion period, it becomes easier to fulfil the needs of the new generation (referred to as millennials) for development and promotion.
However, it is not so easy for organisations or employers to fulfil the needs of the new generation, especially if economic conditions or organisation financial conditions are in a state of stagnation, slow growth or a downward spiral.
If a person of the new generation has ambitions to be vertically promoted inside an existing organisation, the only way to achieve those ambitions is through improvement of qualifications.
If a person is already highly qualified in a vocational technical direction, the only other options may be self-improvement in management principles or team leadership principles and skills, either through internal training opportunities or external training courses.
For development and promotion to happen for a person, there are the extra conditions of available opportunities (job openings) and recognition (proven competencies to the employer), which must also be present.
If the opportunity, together with the necessary recognition from an existing employer, takes too long, the only remaining alternatives are to fulfil those ambitions through one of the following:
2.8.1 horizontal promotion into other external organisations;
2.8.2 a change in career paths; or
2.8.3 starting a business as owner or shareholder.
However, self-improvement in team leadership skills will dramatically increase the chances of vertical (existing employer) and horizontal (external employers) job promotion, as well as business owner success, in any economic cycle, as competitors with these skills are relatively few.
While these are just a few of the benefits of online home learning, you should carefully weigh up the benefits against the things that may be problematic about this particular type of learning situation, before you take the plunge.
Learning is a lifelong process but if you are seeking a degree you do not want to jeopardize that by taking a course that will not address your specific learning needs. If you feel confident that you can be successful in this particular type of learning environment, then I feel you will truly enjoy the experience and the flexibility it brings to the educational process.
We can show you the water, but only you can drink it, if you have enough guts. Everyone must steer his/her own boat to selected destinies of own choice. Some start too late, some never even start.
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