Just like it sounds, distance learning is a way for you to earn a degree without having to attend a physical classroom. It includes everything from a certificate program or associate’s degree, all the way up to post-graduate degrees.
Rather than attending classes in person, you and your teachers can instead communicate at times of your own choosing by exchanging emails and electronic documents, or via technology that allows you to communicate in real time. If you’re familiar with things like instant messaging, Internet chatrooms, desktop sharing, or even something as simple as sending email, you probably have all the “technical” skills you need to get a degree through a distance learning program.
The main reason is time. Distance learning allows you develop yourself at your own pace, according to your own schedules. You no longer need to take time off work to study and best of all you can spend your nights with you family instead of at class.
Accreditation is one of the most important topics to address before you commit yourself to an online course. It is a process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented. Accreditation happens when a college adapts and fine tunes its programs, policies, and processes to meet or exceed the criteria of an external agency or organization.
Why is this important??
It protects you, the school, and employers, because it ensures that colleges are providing a high quality of education and meeting standards, rather than hurrying you through a bogus system just to get your money (also known as a “diploma mill”).
In summary, distance leaning provides you the flexibility to learn anywhere and anytime while getting a great education and putting yourself in line to advance in your career, without having to physically attend a class.