A few years ago only traditional means of learning, i.e classroom style was the only option. Today, there is even more opportunity for you to acquire an education even from the comfort of your room.
Distance learning otherwise known as online education offers such an opportunity.
Whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student who desires a flexible learning mode, distance learning system offers a number of advantages, especially as students are able to study from any part of the world with a computer or mobile device and good internet connection since courses are offered via correspondence or virtual classrooms.
One major benefit of distance learning education is that students don’t need to be physically present at a designated location in order to study.
One can study from home, the office, or even in transit. This comes handy for business owners and those working on full-time jobs without having to lose valuable working hours while pursuing higher education.
In Nigeria alone, several universities are already distance learning-friendly, such as the Lagos State University and the University of Ibadan through their open and distance learning programmes, although not applicable in specialized universities like UNIMED.
Today we have many people including professional men and women who pursue distance learning education without having to worry about their jobs. Today, with distance learning, one can attain greater heights academically without directly attending a university or college.
Benefits of Distance learning system
1. Saves time and money
One of the most visible advantages of distance learning is that it reduces financial expenditure and saves time. Students don’t have to be present at regular hours as one can take courses morning, noon or night.
Online education is extremely beneficial for you if you have lots of responsibilities and chores at home, or have a full-time job that doesn’t allow you time for conventional education or if you lack the means of covering the necessary distance to and from the university you desire to study. No need to worry about bus fares and prolonged lectures.
Contrary to what people think, distance learning is a noble learning model that gives students the privilege of studying on their own terms, comfortably within their budget and schedule.
2. Aid enhancement of skills
Online education comes handy for people desiring to update an existing qualification to increase their earning potentials, wanting to change career, or enhance skills within a specific area, studying online on a part-time or full-time basis can be an excellent way to achieve those goals without necessarily having to give up on current responsibilities.
Enhancing your skills or acquiring a higher degree, thus growing professionally from the comfort of your room without having to worry about your career is perhaps your best bet.
3. It reduces stress
Where the subject of distance learning systems is discussed, the first thing that comes to mind is the relative ease one earns a degree compared to the traditional mode of learning. All online education requirement is a computer or tablet, an internet connection, and your focus. That said, there is nothing more stress-relieving academically than taking lectures, submitting assignments, responding to questions from your home, office, or any location.
Students taking distance learning courses don’t have to worry about catching the bus, being late for lectures, receiving lectures in overcrowded lecture venues, or submitting assignments, or even registering courses at designated locations.
As a wife or nursing mother, distance learning is priceless. Whether you are preparing a child for school, or have to prepare meals, or you are in the room, kitchen or your business place, your learning continue.
4. Provides value to employers
In today’s competitive world, employers don’t have the patience of waiting for you to acquire a higher education while still keeping your job. With distance learning systems, one can keep a job while studying at their own convenience without having to lose valuable income by being laid off from work.
Polishing skills and building on your qualification with your job guaranteed will provide value for employers as you will become a more valuable employee without losing valuable working hours. Here, distance learning is a win-win situation.
With all the advantages of distance learning systems brought to the table, it is, therefore, no surprise why the online mode of study is fast becoming a household name and one of the best in furthering careers in a rewarding, yet flexible way. As an African proverb says; ‘Education is liberating. Distance learning education is the new face of education. It is the future.