Distance learning is steadily on the rise in the UK. The purpose of online learning is to make studying easily available so that even those people who have busy schedules can also improve upon their education and training. The best feature of an online course is its flexibility.
Those persons who have financial constraints benefit the most by online learning. As one doesn’t have to attend regular classes it sets them free to work as well as study. Online learning courses do not follow rigid time schedules and allow flexibility in completing assignments; therefore one is able to adjust one’s studying hours along with their jobs or work. Another benefit of an online learning course is that it is much less expensive than a regular university course, thereby making it affordable for more people. It also reduces one’s commuting time and expenditure.
The main advantage that online learning offers is a wide array of courses to choose from. A student is not limited to his own area but can opt for the most appropriate course and institute that suit his requirement. Nevertheless one should research well before enrolling. Some things should be kept in mind such as whether the course is recognised, whether it has a flexible assignment system or expects the student to meet some deadlines. Some online institutions have a fixed tutorial time some are based on independent work by the student. It is best to clarify this and choose the course that you can handle.
A concern often voiced is the lack of face to face teaching in an online course. However, all online courses have tutors available online to answer your queries or provide a number at which the teacher can be contacted. Of course online courses demand a high degree of commitment and motivation on the part of the student who is not bound to a regular routine. It is too easy to put off the assignment for the next day. But if one successfully clears an online course that itself denotes a dedication that is commendable to future employers. My Interior Design School will be offering online learning later in 2012!