Guest Author - Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger
Before students consider participating in a distance learning program, it is essential for them to understand the fundamental requirements needed to enhance their eLearning experience. During the past decade, there has been a substantial increase in the number of students participating in distance learning (DL), also known as online learning (OL) or eLearning programs offered by universities globally. The popularity of learning in this type of environment can be attributed to the fast-paced evolution of information technology and social media which shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. With the variety of communication and collaboration avenues available to educational institutions, universities are better equipped with the necessary distance learning tools required for instructors and students to better connect with one another in a virtual setting.
The convenience of choosing a distance learning program can be of great benefit for busy individuals; students who also have full-time jobs, full-time mothers, individuals who are acclimated to living a mobile lifestyle, and those simply wishing to reside near their families while attending college. Due to the increased demands in people’s lives, many top universities are beginning to deviate from their traditional teaching methodologies and are starting to embrace distance education by offering certificate programs, degree programs, and advanced degree options online. Many universities will also require students to attend several residencies each year where students meet at a university or venue of choice for workshops. This is a great opportunity for students in the same discipline to collaborate face-to-face. Compared to traditional brick-and-mortar teaching institutions, distance and online education is on the rise and is proving to be an effective method of education. Distance learning can be a rewarding experience equal to and perhaps even greater than education in a traditional classroom environment.
Distance Learning - Is It Right for You? will provide the basic knowledge you need to ease into your distance learning experience. Topics discussed include types of distance learning delivery methods, financial aid resources, degree options available, necessary tools for distance learning, skills used and acquired in distance learning, the importance of health and education, and a list of top universities offering free distance learning courses so that you can get a taste of how you might adapt to a distance learning environment. Before making your decision, review this book and consider your own strengths and weaknesses to determine whether distance learning is the right choice for you.
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