Distance learning courses are expected to experience an over-all increase in times to come. A number of factors contribute to this growth, the most important being the facility of pursuing other programs while working on this online course. And the main area which has witnessed this great surge is community colleges. Almost 60% of them offer students the facility to be trained in the subject of their course without having to leave the comforts of their homes. Still others are planning to follow suit within no time too.
Technologies used in distance learning courses
A number of technologies are seen being used in distance learning courses, the most important being live interactive communications and instructions recorded being made available for the user to download and take advantage of in accordance with individual conveniences. Some institutions take advantage of the public facilities available while some others establish their own private educational channels for the purpose. The availability of recorded instructions allow the students to learn on their own time where the live interaction method demands a regular and fixed time for students to avail the course. But, the time can be adjusted into weekends or even in the evening to make it more convenient for students to be a part of the course.
Benefits of distance learning courses
The greatest and most evident benefit of distance learning courses is the savings made from the absence of transportation. This becomes an environment-friendly option since the fuel burned during the commutation from and to the institution has been generally quoted as a contributing factor to the rapidly diminishing sources of energy. And like every other emerging trend, distance learning too comes with its own challenges like the uncertainty of student access to the education, the possibility of failure due to lack of effective interaction and much more. Irrespective of the objections and challenges, distance learning courses are increasingly becoming popular and anyone who is concerned about dear nature is sure to resort to it as a responsible choice.