It is almost impossible to make any meaningful progress in life without the right academic credentials. As far as higher education is concerned, most scholars would like to study in the most prestigious universities. However, as a result of geographical factors among other things, this is not always possible (physically). The good news is that there’s a way around this i.e. through distance learning. Before joining such a program, however, there are few things you need to know.
People will Have Their Doubts
Most people believe that the proper way to get education is by spending several hours in the classroom every day. This is just how it has been for the past several centuries. You should, therefore, expect your parents, peers and other people around you to doubt the legitimacy of your academic endeavors once you embark on distance learning.
Things will be Different
As mentioned, there are no physical classrooms when it comes to distance learning. You will have the freedom to study in whichever environment you want, be it your bedroom, bathroom, restaurant, public parks etc. It will also be up to you to decide
when you want to study because there are no scheduled lectures. Undoubtedly distance learning is a major shift from what is considered normal and, therefore, it may take some getting used to. In order to succeed at distance learning, you have to be a good time manager. It is essential that you find the perfect balance between study, work, family and other aspects of your life.
Accreditation is Vital
In your search for a suitable distance learning program, you are bound to come across hundreds of colleges offering the same. Do not be blinded by the seemingly endless options. Quite a number of programs out there are only designed to be cash cows. If you are not careful, you could end up with an unrecognized degree or diploma which would mean that you wasted your time and finances. Before signing up to any program — regardless of how promising it looks — first find out whether it is accredited or not.
There are a number of challenges that come with distance learning. Due to the absence of schedules and visible lecturers as well as classrooms, you are likely to be faced with a number of distractions. Also, since you will be using the web to a significant extent, there is the risk that your internet connection may not be reliable all the time. Some of the web tools you will be using may also give you trouble now and then. It is important to maintain your sanity and remain focused when such things happen.
Listen to People’s Opinions
Accreditation is not the only aspect you need to focus on when searching for a school. You also need to find out what people are saying about the various distance learning programs on offer. In other words, you should read as many reviews as possible before making any decisions. By reading other people’s experiences with a certain program, you will be able to know whether it suits you or not.
It Involves Hard Work
Just because you don’t have to attend lectures doesn’t mean that your life will be smooth all the way. Just like traditional higher learning, distance learning requires students to work extremely hard in order to achieve success. If your reason for joining a distance learning program is that you love the idea of studying while chatting on social media, listening to music or watching a movie, be prepared to fail.
Distance Learning is Valued by Employers
There was a time when most employers discounted online academic credentials; that is, however, changing. More and more companies have come to appreciate the importance of distance learning with some even funding the entire endeavor for their employees. You therefore need not worry about finding a job after you are done with your program.
Ryan Ayers is a writer who creates informative articles in relation to education and technology. In this article, he talks about 7 key attributes of distance learning and why it is important to fully understand the educational opportunity. He encourages all sorts of distance learning and aims for a masters degree music education.
7 Things You Should Know About Distance Learning
February 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment