Distance learning is gradually replacing traditional ways of education and yet its credibility remains questionable. The ever-evolving technology and recent COVID-19 pandemic have increased the popularity of distance education by manifold. Distance education is a popular choice among students from all walks of life in almost every field of study as it enables people to receive an education without having to be physically present in a classroom setup.
Distance learning programs, if designed efficiently can be a very effective and convenient way to acquire higher education. The terms distance learning and education are interchangeable. It has made education more accessible to a larger group of people without them having to leave the comfort of their houses and compromising on other activities and commitments.
Factors that make distance learning a popular choice:
The flexibility of choice: Distance learning programs offer you a variety of courses to choose from. Almost any course that you can think of can be pursued through distance learning. Due to the increased popularity of these programs, universities these days offer every course as a part of distance learning. Also, unlike traditional educational courses, you can pursue multiple courses when you choose to opt for distance learning.
Cost-effective: Distance learning programs are much reasonable as compared to traditional full-time courses. Apart from the regular course fee, you also get to save money on various other expenses. You need not buy books as most of the study material is provided online, and you are not required to spend money on travel and relocation. When combined, all these miscellaneous expenses save you a huge deal of money.
Be the master of your schedule: When you choose a distance learning program, you not only get to decide what to study but also when to study. It is an effective way to obtain a degree without compromising on your personal and work-related commitments. You get to plan your schedule and do things accordingly.
Saves time: Distance learning not only saves money but also time. These distance education programs offer students the chance to study at their own pace; they can complete their course faster than they would have in traditional learning.
Global reach: Due to ever-evolving technology a degree through distance education is a global possibility. The culture of distance education makes it possible for students to receive advanced training and earn reputed degrees without having to leave their native countries. Especially for the students of the countries where the education sector is not yet fully developed, it is a boon. It makes you location-independent and breaks the shackles of location and travel.
Ease of admission: The requirements for traditional programs are tough to meet and thus they hamper your chance of being enrolled, on the contrary distance learning programs have minimal eligibility criteria. This allows students to study in an educational institution of their choice.
Increases employability:Not only among students and working professionals but distance learning programs are gaining popularity among employers as well. When you enroll in a distance learning program to pursue a degree, while still being employed it shows your commitment to personal development and your hunger for challenge. This could open up a doorway of opportunities and take your career to the next level.
Self-paced learning experience: It is a well-known fact that one size doesn’t fit all. When it comes to learning, not all students follow the same pace. Distance learning programs offer you the opportunity to take things forward at your own pace rather than following a rigid curriculum.
Education for all: Distance learning programs have made the dream of education come true for differently-abled individuals, and those living in rural areas, and those who are not able to afford expensive full-time courses.
Center for Distance Education and Virtual Learning, JAIN (Deemed-to-be University) is ranked among the top educational institutions that provide courses through distance learning programs. Under the guidance of best-in-class faculty, it offers various undergraduate, postgraduate, and PG diploma programs that are industry-driven and have been designed keeping contemporary trends in mind.