One of the many ways technology has made learning and education easier is the close proximity it created between knowledge seekers and knowledge hubs.
To think that one can relax at the comfort of one’s home, shop, business place or office and gain quality knowledge from tutors in institutions of higher learning around the world is an experience worth sharing.
Apart from having to be physically present in a lecture hall to hear and learn first hand from professors, with an internet-enabled device, at your time, perfect schedule, convenience and comfort, you have a full grasp of whatever information you need from the information disseminator himself.
Here lies the beauty of online education otherwise known as a distance learning system.
Distance learning system, simply put, is a non-conventional mode of formal education where learning is made possible through a ‘one on one’ comprehensive interaction between students and tutors by electronic means or mail without having to be physically present in any school. This is achieved through the use of electronic gadgets like internet-enabled phones, tablets, iPads, computers, etc.
Distance learning system offers students the flexibility and time to learn at their own speed and space regardless of distance and location. It makes a distance of non-effect in the pursuit of acquiring quality education.
It is also important to mention that students of distance learning education, when provided with all the necessary academic materials needed for quality education and study can match folks that go through the conventional mode of learning, i.e the classroom style.
Best illustrated, Deji is a young banker. He is doing very much well and choked with time as a banker. He wants to gain advance knowledge in banking or a related field. Thus, acquire the certification that comes with it. He doesn’t want to quit his job to enrol for a programme that would necessitate a constant visit to the university or college for fear putting his job on the line. After all, the job pays his bills and will definitely pay for whatever advance knowledge he wants to acquire. He then enrolled for a programme with any Nigerian university or foreign institution. He logs into the school portal, indicates interest for a distance learning education by applying online.
He pays his tuition fee online, and get a complete outline of courses he will undertake for the programme. Through this online portal, at a scheduled time and date, he comes online and learns first hand from the tutor through a live video. At the end of the programme, he takes his exams. If he passes, he gets a certification for the programme.
It is seamless, convenient, fast, and certificated in the end.
Online education is for every age notwithstanding but most suitable for the following categories of persons:
Businesspersons: those who are caught up with a business that they do not find enough time and space to enrol for a conventional education in their institution of choice.
Working-class individuals: who already have at least a basic degree and are working but wants to go for advance knowledge in any field.
Nursing mothers: who are engrossed with the responsibilities of taking care of their children and wards but wants to go further in their educational pursuit.
Prison inmates: who are kept in prison custody but are provided with an internet-enabled facility to acquire quality education through the distance learning system.
Educationally disadvantaged people: those living in remote areas with no access to
tertiary institutions. With the availability of internet-enabled phones, they can enrol for distance learning education and get the most from education.
Where to enrol for distance learning
It is worthy of mention that virtually every institution of higher learning in Nigeria has embraced online education and taking it as a major academic program with full-fledged institutes and centres, while most universities abroad have established schools that undertake distance learning education. Either way, whether you are looking to study in Nigeria or study abroad via distance learning system, you won’t have to run out of options.
It is also worthy of mention that with the outbreak of career advancement courses and professional programs that enhance career and development in most foreign institutions, distance learning system has been given a further lift.
In 2018 alone, statistics revealed that over 50% of Nigerian workers enrolled for certificate programs, diploma courses, and career advancement courses in foreign institutions through distance learning.
All of this invariably makes distance learning a high-value investment.