Distance Education Advantages

Nowadays people speak about the advantages of distance education more and more often. What are those advantages?

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Advantage 1: Mass Character

The number of people who study the same program at the same university is determined only by characteristics of communicational equipment. By the way, mass character and availability were exactly those things which caused the distance education to appear.

Advantage 2: Speed

The second benefit of distance education is speed. Big companies, having their headquarters in the United States and affiliates all over the world, served as driving forces of distance education development back in the 1970s. Knowledge was getting out of date together with the rapid technical development. Companies started to invest money into the development of distance courses for the world’s best universities because the result of this initiative was that it allowed to save learning time and to let professionals continue their work while learning.

Advantage 3: Price

The third advantage of distance education is the relative cheapness of knowledge. Averagely, to get the university diploma distantly you need to pay ten times less funds. Still, there are very few educational establishments offering pure distance learning for all specialties. But things are proceeding towards that.

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Additional Advantages

Besides, in addition to the pros mentioned above, we can enlist the following essential differences found between distance learning and traditional studying forms:

  • The possibility for the student to study at any suitable time and place with a comfortable tempo. Non-regulated timeline to master the discipline;
  • Learning is parallel to the professional activities: you don’t need to interrupt your job to go in for studies;
  • The possibility to find many sources of learning materials (electronic libraries, databanks, knowledge bases, etc). Internet communication with groupmates and teachers;
  • The concentrated presentation of learning materials and a multi-access for it increase the effectiveness of studying;
  • They use hi-tech innovations and latest achievements of informational and telecommunication technologies for learning processes;
  • Equal possibilities to get education not depending on the place of living, health status, elitism and financial wealth of students;
  • Export and import of world achievements on the market of educational services.
  • Expansion and refreshment of a teacher’s role, who constantly needs to coordinate cognitive processes and to improve lectured courses, to increase creative activity and qualification correlating with innovations;
  • Distance education has a positive influence on students, too: it improves their creative and intellectual potential because of self-organization, desire of knowledge, ability to interact with computing techniques and make difficult decisions independently;
  • The quality of distance learning does not lose points if to compare it to a daily studying form, it gets improved thanks to the outstanding teachers involved and best methodological materials and discipline tests available.

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