Learn online - Distance learning courses
by Waller Jamison
Are you looking for the opportunity to improve your skills,
but can't afford to go back to college full-time? Perhaps you have children to support or a mortgage to repay and
simply can't take time out of work to study.
There are many alternatives to full-time college attendance
such as following a distance learning course or getting a degree online. Could either of these be the right option
The concept of distance learning has been around for a long
time, starting up years ago, in the days when traditional correspondence courses were the only
Now the variety of subjects available and the ways in which
qualifications can be obtained has expanded enormously and of course, the internet means you can earn your degree
online at home, with the benefit of audio and visual learning materials, as well as email contact with your
Online learning isn't just limited to degree courses - you
can take a short course to update your IT skills or develop news ones, learn a new language or enhance your
knowledge of one you studied at school.
In fact, you can do just about anything at any level from
improving your basic reading, writing or numeracy skills to gaining a post-graduate qualification. So read on for
inspiration which might just change the course of your life.
What are the advantages
of online learning?
First of all, it's possible to fit this type of study around
your existing commitments:
You don't have to leave your job, pay a fortune in childcare
and trek to a campus miles away from home.
You won't end up with a huge student loan to pay
You can gain qualifications without having to interrupt
You can learn at your own pace - degrees are usually modular,
allowing you to take breaks if you need to.
What are the disadvantages to online
There are several potential disadvantages, but this depends
on your personality and preferences.You will miss out on the student experience - interaction with other students,
sports, clubs, drinking and other traditional student pastimes.
You will also miss the buzz of learning in a classroom
environment, being able to discuss topics, argue and ask questions as soon as they come up. You may find it hard
going to study after a full day's work and your social life is likely to suffer - weekends will be needed to catch
up on assignments.
Other family members may feel neglected or interrupt you when
you're trying to work. You may find it difficult to motivate yourself when you'd rather watch TV or go to the pub
with friends. Making the decision
The decision to follow a particular online course is not to
be taken lightly and should be a result of considering all the options and then choosing the one which will work
best for you.
If you missed out on education the first time round, online
degrees offer a wonderful opportunity to get the qualifications you need to advance in your career, get a raise, or
study a subject you really enjoy. So, if you want to earn a degree online, how should you go about
If you are in the UK, go to learn online UK . If you are in the US, go to learn online