Defining distance learning

Defining Distance Learning

Distance learning can be defined in many different ways.
Distance learning can be classes taken over the Internet, Web
TV, cable TV, correspondence course, audio conferencing, CD-ROM,
videotape or any other mechanism that allows a student to learn
without traveling to a traditional classroom. These programs
were first developed to assist people in remote or rural areas
have access to the same education as people living in the major
centers.

Today people of all ages and from every area of the country are
involved in distance learning because it allows them to learn
from home at he same time as they carry out their other
responsibilities in life. Homemakers, veterans, even senior
citizens are joining teenagers and young adults in these new and
non-traditional learning programs.

There are is as much of a variety in distance learning programs
as there are people who wish to advance their education. Most
are associated with a regular school, college and university,
and that allows them to offer accredited online degree programs.
Others are completely separate companies that have been formed
for the express purpose of providing distance learning programs.

You can take a course in the basics of plumbing from a technical
institute or an advanced course in quantum physics. It really
depends on your interest and aptitude to learn. Very, very few
distance learning programs are free of charge, but some offered
by community colleges are significantly lower in cost than the
major colleges and institutions.

In distance learning like so many other things in life you pay
for a brand name, like a prestigious university program, and you
also get what you pay for you.

Some programs advertised through mass e-mails or by direct
marketing are really very basic courses dressed up to look like
more than they are. One quick way to determine the value of a
distance learning program is to check if they have been approved
and accredited by one of the national or regional accreditation
agencies.

Distance learning is a great way to learn, but if your online
degree is not accredited at the end of your studies then it may
not be worth what you think it may be.

Look for the accreditation stamp of approval before you sign on
the dotted line. Then take your time to review all of the
options and find one that will not only get you an online degree
but one that will open the doors of opportunity to you and your
family

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