Most classes can be taken around your schedule. Course material is
available 24/7 and can be completed at your leisure and around your
Your physical presence is not required enabling taking
classes while in remote locations, or underway on a ship. Disabled students
can attend without the hassle of sitting in ill-equipped classrooms.
Usually there are no hard and fast appointments resulting in less missed
work, making distance learning and a full-time job both manageable. The
online nature can be more permitable to multi-task child care while taking
classes – reducing child care costs. Convenience eases balances work,
family, and education.
Research from the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks
indicate there is no significant differences in learning outcomes in
comparison of online learning and traditional classes.
The cost of distance learning is decreasing with advances of
technology, reduced cost of physical classroom costs.
Distance learning opens up more doors for education.
Thousands of degree programs vise just locally available institutions.
Requires the ownership/access to a computer with internet
access. Some classes require video conference capability. Students comfort
factor with technology can effect their results.
Sacrifices must be made to complete classes. The ease of putting off
assignments require planning and self-drive. Extra planning is required
when taking classes on a underway ship with limited connectivity.
Limited connectivity and remote locations (such as on a ship)
may result in extra costs for shipping and handling costs.
A huge increase in business selling individuals a diploma
based solely on “life experience” and a check to the company. This ease of
potential fraud can lead employers to question the validity of any online
degree – decreasing the potential value of a completed degree.
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