With the internet blurring the line between far and near, distance learning is all set to change the current paradigm of education. Known as correspondence programs earlier, the students communicated with their professors and Universities via email. With recent developments, distance education has relied on the power of technology and has shifted online to include a plethora of modes and systems that can be connected to any smart device.
Where students are not required to be physically present in a classroom or for exams
Where the students are required to be present at a location for some reason including examinations. This type of model is referred to as a blended program
Who can pursue Distance Education
If you are seeking to pursue higher education, gain an additional degree or just want to pursue a program as a hobby or interest but unable to do so due to other professional or personal commitments then distance education is the way to go. All distance learning programs must have a seal of approval from the Distance Education Bureau (DEB) of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Through the distance learning model, students or aspirants can pursue two programs simultaneously or a combination of distance and regular modes from the same or different Universities in the following combinations:
One Diploma and one Certificate course
Two Diplomas on different subjects
Two Certificate programs
Two PG Diplomas
A combination of Diploma and Certificate program
One Degree program and one Diploma/PG course
One PG Diploma and one Diploma/Certificate
Need and Importance of Distance Education
Education for all: Unlike formal education, which has age-related barriers, distance education transcends this hurdle. Anyone with the passion to learn can choose the program of their choice and start studying.
Accessibility: For those staying at far-flung places with the remote possibility of attending regular classes or formal education, distance education will be a great platform to continue learning uninterrupted.
Add on Qualification: For many learners who seek to add additional certification but cannot afford to quit their job, this mode of education can help them gain the extra edge while continuing their careers.
Fast Track Career Graph: With add-on qualifications, one stand to fast track their promotion and thereby increasing career graph by leaps and bounds.
Flexibility: With distance education, learners can benefit from choosing their time to study and appear for exams.
Freedom to Learn: Elaborating on the point mentioned above, distance education means enhanced freedom to learn. Learners can pick a program that suits their schedules, resources, and teaching methodology. But this freedom needs to be reined in with a certain level of discipline and self-motivation.
Distance learning holds a lot of potential
From increased flexibility to new styles of delivering education, the future of distance learning is set to connect learners and educators in diverse ways
The various career-oriented and industry-specific distance learning programs offered at Jain (Deemed-to-be University) are designed to develop individuals professionally to think on their feet and challenge complex questions in their professional lives