Distance learning has been growingly accepted by students everywhere mainly because of the flexibility it provides to its learners. Until and unless you have a system and internet connection, your college is wherever you are and wherever you go. It ensures flexibility of time, place and schedule. By this, you get to ensure a study-life balance. If you are someone who is working, is a housewife, lacks sufficient financial resources, crossed the age criteria for admission, preparing for competitions or just not willing to attend regular classes, then distance learning is the only answer to upscale your qualification sitting at home. Continue balancing your priorities while completing your education through distance mode. Plus, this method has added a lot of e-learning resources and tools by the respective Universities to get the best learning experience without any compromise in quality. In fact during Covid, when nobody could go out, this method of learning gained a lot more acceptance as it provided education at the doorstep of the learners.

What is Distance Learning?

Distance learning or Distance Education is an educational process where students don’t need to go to college daily and can continue with their education at the comfort of their time, place and schedule.

What is Classroom Learning?

Classroom learning or the regular mode of education is the traditional way of education through physical interactions where students need to attend regular on-campus lectures to complete a programme.

What is Online Learning?

Online learning or Online Education is a web-based learning method where students attend virtual classes over the internet to complete a course without having to attend on-campus classes.

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What is the difference between online and classroom learning?

Classroom learning is the conventional method of education involving physical interactions where students are required to attend daily regular classes at their college whereas online learning allows the students to attend classes online at the comfort of their zone, without having to go to college daily.

Benefits of Distance Learning?

  • - It allows flexibility of time, place and schedule.
  • - It offers convenience without compromising on quality
  • - The fees of these programmes are comparatively much lower than regular courses
  • - There is no age limit or maximum age criteria to be eligible for enrolment.
  • - It offers various e-learning and reference material for upscaling knowledge.
  • - It saves time, thus allowing to use this time for more productive tasks

What is the difference between Regular and Distance Learning?

Distance learning is the best mode of education because it provides a convenience-based study method and ensures complete flexibility for the students so that they can study at their own pace and time.

  • The regular mode of education has a rigid schedule whereas the distance method of learning provides flexibility.
  • The fees of the regular mode of learning are high whereas the distance method of learning is comparatively lower.
  • The students need to go to college daily to complete their degree, however, in distance mode, students need not go to college and complete their studies at the comfort of their zone.
  • The regular mode of learning is on-campus classroom training, on the other hand, the distance method of education uses a wider and technology-based method of training uses e-learning tools and methods.
  • Distance courses are time flexible and convenience-based so you can continue with your job parallelly, which is not possible in traditional classroom studies.

Career values of distance learning

The major concern for students when it comes to distance education is that of the career value it holds. Though it should be noted that distance programmes approved by University Grants Commission (UGC) hold the same value as that of the regular programmes. And hence it provides an equal level of career opportunities.

The Distance Education Bureau (DEB) of the UGC in its norms and guidelines clearly states that all distance learning courses that are recognised and approved by the DEB, stand automatically recognised for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government of India. Students should therefore make sure that the distance education program that they are enrolling in is duly recognized and approved by the University Grants Commission.

Also, the best part is that you can continue with your studies or job while completing your UG/PG degree programmes that allow you to prepare for your competitive exams. In case you are already employed, these courses would help to upgrade your skills and boost your career on an upward graph.

The degrees provided through distance education is widely accepted everywhere so students need not worry about the credibility and acceptability of such distance degrees.

Most of the Universities offering Distance education offers have established a dedicated ‘placement cell’ to actively support the distance learners get a decent job in MNCs, government bodies or non-governmental organizations.

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