Distance or online learning instead of school /academy or college

Germany
May 13, 2011 1:51am CST
Distance learning is an interesting way to upgrade your knowledge during your free time. By this way, you still may carry on working, sharing time with your family and friends and studying. Nowadays, there exist different courses to study at home. Different Academies allows you to matriculate yourself online, they send you the material over and give you a certain time to study. After realizing the examination and if you aproof, you recieve your title. So you can study at home at any time. It's quite comfortable and not too expensive. Last year, I registered myself online to study a course by this way. Since then, I already finished two subjects and already got my titulation for those ones. Now, I still carry on studying more on this way and I really like it. Do you already tried distance or online learning? What's your experience?
11 responses
@brannray (132)
• United States
13 May 11
I have done both on campus and distance online classes. I did get my degree with both options, but if I had to choose, I would say that going to class is much better. The only reason I did it online was because I had just had my little girl and was unable to go to class. I didn't have the option of fin aid with my online school though, so that would have really helped a lot too. lol Where are you going online that accepts fin aid?
• Germany
14 May 11
Sorry, but what's the meaning of 'fin aid'?
• United States
15 May 11
They are referring to Financial Aid.
• Germany
15 May 11
Oh, thanks! Well, the websites I know they don't explain or offer anything about fin aid. And I don't know whether there are any aids for distance/online learning here in Spain. The aids I know are offered when you go to Highschool or to University. But distance or online learning here in Spain is more private and the sites I know offers different courses under low cost. So it's not too expensive.
@katsmeow1213 (28887)
• United States
18 May 11
I'm currently taking online classes. I feel it fits my schedule. I'm a mom of 5 and I work part-time.. so I don't really have the time or resources to go to a physical class room. I wouldn't be able to afford a babysitter to watch my kids while I went to a classroom, and my kids are all still very young, the youngest is 3. Online classes don't seem quite as demanding. I take fewer courses.. just the bare minimum. I'm taking 4 classes a semester, and each semester is broken up into 2 sessions. So I get 2 classes per session.. so I'm only dealing with 2 classes at a time to make it easier. Though each session is 7.5 weeks.. so that's a lot of work to cram into a small amount of time. Though over all it is a good experience and if a person does not have the means to go to an actual classroom, an online education is just as good.
• Germany
19 May 11
Of course, for people in our situation, it's a big help to carry on with the studies. Therefor, you need to have enough motivation, a good system for personal organization of your time and energy, as it's not easy to carry on with too many things. But, it offers us the possibility to keep on studying at any time, which is very important for us and we never should stop studying, even if we have to attend others.
@megamatt (14318)
• United States
15 May 11
I have done online learning. I'll tell you this right now. I did really well with it all things considered. Then again, it always agitated me how much downtime I seemed to have in the traditional classroom. If I could achieve about the same result in half of the time, I would have gladly embraced it a lot of the time. The online learning allows me to do this. That way, all students can work at a pace that suits them better, as long as they turn their work in on time. I will say this however, online learning is not for everyone. In fact, it might not even be for most. You do need superb time management skills. Which is something that a lot of people really do not have, sad to say that fact. Not to mention, it is a looser, more casual atmosphere, where you need to make your own schedule and need to have the discipline to keep it outside of a structured environment. I found that it works well for me, but it may not work all that well for others.
• Germany
16 May 11
You're right. It seems that most of the people needs to assist to the classes and depends of a teacher or someone else as a guideline who explains what and how to study as well as in what time to do so. Most of us depend of several circumstances in live and are not able to decide on our own. Motivation and independence is something difficult to reech for many people.
@blacks94 (161)
• Italy
15 May 11
I think interaction with a teacher is very important to ensure concepts are properly understood, but I also like distance learning. In my opinion, distance learning should be used during free time to learn something new, while important subjects should be discussed with an expert or a teacher; in fact, it's easier to remember something someone has told you rather than something you've read in a book or in any other place. However, distance learning remains a good means of studying for those who don't have the time to physically remain in a classroom to listen to the lessons.
• Germany
15 May 11
Even by distance learning, there you have the possibility to contact a teacher by email, in a chat or by telephone in the case you need help or explications or further information about points you don't understand. But you are also right when you say that not everything can be studied by online/distance learning.
@MizzLadyB08 (1174)
• United States
14 May 11
I am currenty going to school online. I am studying Psychology and by far I am liking it. I do not have to be in a classroom setting to get the full effect. Like you mention, I can still spend time with my family and friends. I am going on my second year as a college student.
• Germany
14 May 11
It's surely a nice experience you are having. The time others are sitting in the classroom listening to the information, you are already studying it. When the go home, the have to carry on studying and, in the meantime, you are already staying with your family and / or friends. I wish you good luck with your studies.
• United States
13 May 11
Having done both I'll say this Online requires less time commitment and rigid scheduling. Classrooms offer interactive learning and the information is more reliable than the internet. As for getting a certifiable education online I see three major flaws: 1 Minimal effort and learning is required to pass 2 No way to verify who is actually doing the work 3 No social interaction Socialization is a very important form of learning and teaches us some of the most important skills we will ever learn in life.
• Germany
14 May 11
You are right saying that online requires rigid scheduling. For online studying, you need motivation and strength and you have to be an organized person willing to reach the knowledge. If the information is more reliable, I am not sure, because even teachers can do their mistakes. But on internet, you can proof it before publishing the information. Further to the three flaws you mention: 1) If you are really interested in what you are going to study, I think the effort is the same as you are going to study something what you decided to do, so as you are interested in the assignment you will study by the same way as you would do going to school. The online courses are something you choose yourself. 2) Do you really need someone to verify if you are honest enough to do yourself your work? If you are not honest with yourself and with others, so you are not doing any favor to yourself. 3) No social interaction? It's up to the student. The sites of online learning offer direct contact to the teachers (online and by telephone) and there are sections on those webs where you can chat with other students about what you're studying. There you can comment the assignments and explain your doubts. By this way, you can get new friends from all over around from people who are studying the same as you. And maybe, when you matriculate in a course, someone in your neighbourhood might be interesting to study the same with you so you could share. But, I agree with you that socialization is very important, but it shouldn be an excuse not to study, as you go to school to study and not to make friends. Even if it's natural that we make friends and like to share all the information and more with others.
@umabharti (3976)
• India
13 May 11
HI, if u would had been more brief with the site or the course u took it might be more helpful to all here.I have the interest of taking up a course however it should be according to the pg i took, some computers upgradation would be good
• Germany
14 May 11
There are surely several sites and courses according your interests, so I wish you good luck.
• India
13 May 11
Hi, From my pesonal experience, regular college learning is far better than distance education. Though we get time to engage in other activities by opting distance, it's rally very hard to concentrate on studies. People who are good in multi-tasking can take up distance education. I had enrolled myself for MBA distance education & I discontinued it due to lackof concentration. My work schedule didn't allow me to focus on my studies. Ans on more important thing is we miss our college friends, fun, lecturers, bunking classes & lot more. I'll opt for college/School if I were given a choice to choose between college & distance learning.
• Germany
14 May 11
That's right, you need plenty of motivation, concentration and self-control for distance learning, as you need to organize yourself. Some years ago, I wasn't able to do so neither, but now I like it. Even for distance learning, you have to study to do so. It's not easy.
@Porcospino (30477)
• Denmark
13 May 11
Last year I started studying psychology online, but I didn't finish the course because I was too busy with my job and I didn't have enough time to finish my assignments. I was sad that I had to give it up, but I would like to start again when I am less busy with my work. Right now I work 7 days a week so it isn't possible for me to study and work at the same time. I sometimes missed the face-to-face interaction with the other students, but aside from that I really like studying online. As long as I finished my assignments on time I was able to study whenever I chose or whereever I chose (I have a laptop and a wireless internet connection so I was able to study anywhere) It was very nice to have that kind of freedom and I think that is one of the big advantages about online learning. There was also another advantage about it. At that time I lived in a village in the countryside and it would have been expensive for me to commute. I saved quite a lot of money by studying online.
• Germany
14 May 11
Hopefully, you can re-take your online studies again. I'm sorry that you have to work so hard, so I wish you the best and more time in the future. It's right that even studying online, we can save plenty of money and time.
• China
13 May 11
refering to distant learning, i think it's not very commom in my country and among my friends,but i think it this way since we can not get all knowleage though teachers or schools thus internet and books are efficient ways to update ourselves and i view it as a necessity,we often come across new problems in normal subjects and sometimes teachers or tutors also never met before then this problem is left to yourself and you must have to learn to teach yourself and solve the problem thus can promote the development. on the other side school or academy or college experince is unforgetable memory for us .sooner or later i will finish my school years,if let me choose i will pick up school but at the time upgrade myself though distant learning...sounds like nonsense but i think it's truth...
• Germany
14 May 11
Nowadays, distance learning is still something new for many people as it was internet several years ago. So until it's not proofed that it might work, it's normal that many people still don't believe in this kind of studying and prefer the traditional way. But some people already used this kind of upgrade their knowledge as the only possibility they had to do so because of several reasons: to save time and money and because the had to work and couldn't stop working to go back to college. Nowadays, in many schools, they already use computers with interactive exercises instead of books and the possiblity to contact with the teacher and other students throug a special web in the afternoons, so they can share all their doubts and experience. Maybe in the future, distance learning will be something completly normal.
14 May 11
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