Pros and Cons of Distance Learning
Distance learning means learning online. It means doing your studying via the Internet and may even involve earning your qualification over the Internet, though there are a lot of fraudsters out there that are looking to take advantage of people thinking they are doing real qualifications. Here are some of the pros and cons of distance learning.
Pro - You can do it from anywhere in the world
This is the real “point” of distance learning. In essence, you can do it from anywhere that has the Internet. That is why it is so easy to start and work through. It means you do not have to commute to college and do not need to move close to a college or on campus. It means you can work from the comfort of your own office or home if you wish. There may be stipulations saying that you need to attend certain online classes, but even they may not have time limits.
Con - Online qualifications are not as highly regarded
Almost any online qualification is not going to be as highly regarded as a qualification earned by attending a college. This is partly because the idea of online qualifications is new, and because of all the fraudsters out there. People are aware that many online qualifications are not real; ergo people may wonder about your online qualification and question its legitimacy.
Pro - You can learn at your own pace
There may be some time constraints with your course, but you are often not forced to attend set classes in the same way you are in college. This means you have more control over how quickly you learn. You may also be able to get ahead of yourself and finish your qualifications a little earlier.
Con - You may not learn at all
It is true that you may learn nothing if you attend a real college, but it is easier to avoid learning when you have to set your own pace and motivate yourself. It is also easy to find it difficult and then give up. A lot of your learning is dictated by your own momentum and motivation, which means if you are not a self-starter and highly motivated, then there is a chance you will learn nothing at all.
Pro - It removes the pressure of campus life
There is a lot of pressure being on campus, and if you are not the sort of person that responds well to pressure, then distance learning may be for you. It may actually be the better option for you, especially if you have tried college before and it didn’t work out.
Con - It removes the pressure of being at college
The counter argument to the one above is that removing the pressure of college life may work against you. Having peers working in competition with you, and having daily reminders of your work may be just what you need to keep you motivated and working. When working from the Internet it is very easy to ignore your work or leave it a few days and fall behind on your work.
Pro - You can spend more of your free time on studies
There is no commuting, no college parties, no extracurricular events, etc, all of which means you have more free time. This free time may be used to work on your qualification. If you are highly motivated, then there is no reason why you cannot finish your qualification before people in college do. The only thing that may slow you down is if you have to wait to take your exams.
Con - You may have less time for studying if you have a job to go to
If you are working a full-time job and trying to fit in a college education online, then you may have very little time for study when compared with a person in full-time education.
Pro - You can work a full-time job and learn
There is a counter argument to the negative point mentioned above. It is true that a person working a full-time job may struggle to compete with people in full-time education, but the fact you are able to work a full-time job and take the qualification is a positive in itself. If a person works a full-time job, then full-time education may not be an option. At least the full-time worker has the option of distance learning. It may not be ideal, but never being able to take the qualification is hardly an improvement.
Con - There is less incentive to do well
Distance learning does rely far more on being a self-starter and being highly motivated. It takes a lot of discipline to keep up your studies and your work and there are many people that simply lack this sort of discipline.