Weighing the Pros and Cons of Distance Learning | MACU Online
You may be wondering: what is distance learning and why is distance education important? There are many benefits of distance learning. Some are unique to distance learning and some are important elements of education at large. Everyone has a different style of learning, and distance learning allows each student to have a unique education experience. E-learning is tailored to the best learning style for each student.
Weighing the Pros and Cons of Distance Learning
With distance learning, the classroom experience is virtual. Students who do well in a traditional classroom environment find that they’re able to feel a part of the class without having to be there in person. Students can learn from anywhere with an internet connection, and need not leave the comfort of a home or office.
Those students who value working at their own pace while juggling the demands of life, like full-time work or a family, can keep pace with distance learning. It allows students to do complete coursework according to their own schedules. This is a major pro of distance learning. Unlike in-person learning, where classes are at a set time, distance learning enables students to set their own schedule. This flexibility makes it easier to earn a higher education.
Additionally, students who feel that they learn better online may enjoy the online learning platforms. At MACU, distance learning students find the Moodle online platform not only a great resource and tool, but also fun. This platform enables distance learners to keep on top of their grades, interact with students on the discussion platform, submit assignments easily, and download coursework materials.
One facet of distance learning that is especially important is that peers can be diverse. It is not uncommon to have an online course filled with students of mixed backgrounds and life stages. A school that provides the option for distance learning tends to welcome students from all walks of life. MACU welcomes its doors to diverse students, from recent high school students, transfers from other colleges, and working adults who wish to earn a degree. This kind of student body, combined with the geographic spread of distance learners, makes distance learning a diverse experience.
A key benefit for distance learning is its versatility. A student can choose to be remote or close to student life. For students who enjoy close interaction with faculty and teaching staff, they’ll find that professors are easily accessible both online and in person. Students who prefer to have facetime with professors can meet in-person. For students unable to meet in person due to geographic, time, or other constraints, this may be a con to distance learning. However, most professors are still readily accessible through online platforms.
Lastly, a major benefit to distance learning is the cost. Unlike in-person learning, distance learners need not worry about the cost of room and board, and there is the advantage that less money needs to go into brick-and-mortar buildings. MACU’s tuition is less than half the average US college tuition. Combined with all the other benefits, it’s a win-win.