Ladies and Gentlemen, learners all alike; today we are going to attempt to define, describe and outline what is distance learning in 2018.
Original thoughts on distance learning: Personally, I find distance learning more accommodating to the working people of society, or for those who cannot make it to a physical class due to other circumstances. According for the article found on Open Education Database, the top 10 advantages to online classes include:
- Variety of Programs
- Lower Cost of Tuition
- More Comfortable Learning Environment
- Flexibility and Convenience
- More Interaction and Greater Ability to Concentrate
- Career Advancement
- Continue Profession
- Avoid Commute
- Improve Technology Skills
- Transfer Credits
When I decided to transition to a fully online program – it was part of the variety of programs now being offered online, the flexibility and convenience that meets my schedule, continuation of my profession, and avoiding a daily commute. As an online student I greatly appreciate the flexibility that online classes allows me, I am able to work and maintain my job as a teacher and better myself with furthering my education.
However, challenges I face are my own time management when it comes to assignments. I have a hard time balancing my personal life and school work and procrastinate until the last minute. This does not display healthy study habits that need to be displayed for successful completion of work. Other challenges include the lack of face to face elements. If there are questions, sometimes answers are no immediate as if they were in a face to face class.
If you are in my EDUC 6135: Distance Learning class – This post should look familiar as it is my original thoughts on distance learning as it pertains to me, however, one factor I left out… Technology.
While I believe distance learning is more accommodating to the working family (don’t believe me? Check out some stats: 10 Stats About Working Parents In The United States, College Students With Children Are Common) there is still the disadvantage of technology in some cases. For example, technology is constantly changing. Think about your phone or your computer. It is constantly asking you, reminding you, telling you that it needs to be updated. The same goes for technology and education. One minute you are learning about improving technology in the classroom then the next you are changing what you have learned to accommodate the newer technology that was just released. This ever changing advancement in technology can both frustrate the learner.
For me personally, I am horrible with technology. So for me, taking these distance learning classes have helped me grow in certain areas and fail in others when it comes to technology because of all the advancements.
Moller, L., Foshay, W., & Huett, J. (2008). The evolution of distance education: Implications for instructional design on the potential of the web (Part 1: Training and development). TechTrends, 52(3), 70–75.
Open Education Database. 10 Advantages Online Classes. Retrieved from https://oedb.org/ilibrarian/10-advantages-to-taking-online-classes/
Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., & Zvacek, S. (2015).Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education