Now a days Distance education is becoming an important option for working people. Students also prefer distance education over regular courses due to financial problem or just to save time and get work experience. Here we are giving various advantages and disadvantages of distance education.
ADVANTAGES OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
Flexible to do anytime, anywhere
You can do both things simultaneously – Earnings (job) and study
Wide choice of Courses
Variety of courses / options available
Can select multiple courses
Wide variety of specializations available
It’s affordable! really. You can save lots of money here.
Fees are less as compared to regular courses.
Need not to attend college
Access study material anytime, anywhere as per your convenience
Recognised and accepted courses
Most of the distance learning courses are well recognised and accepted
Many of them are affiliated to reputed/top universities.
Self paced learning
Take your time
Beneficial for both fast learners and slow leaners
Many courses are industry oriented and supported by Industry
Industry oriented syllabus due to flexibility
No age limit
There is no age limit for distance education
you can do distance education lifelong
Here you need inner motivation to do course
You are joining distance course means you are self motivated
Save time and money
Earn while you learn, here you can save time and money by doing two things at the same time.
DISADVANTAGES OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
Faculty assistance not available
Most of the distance learning courses doesn’t provide faculty support
You may miss guidance from experienced faculty members
Dependence on books and technology only
You need to read and understand concepts from books
You need to search contents online to increase knowledge
Lack of Discipline and control over students
There may be lack of control or discipline
Activities will not be time bound and at the end you may face difficult to face exams
You will miss the college life and friends, gossips etc.
You will definitely miss college events, gatherings etc.
Acceptance of courses by Industry
You should check industry acceptance of courses before doing any distance education
You will not be able to get practical knowledge of subject
No Job Assistance or Guaranty
Most of the regular courses provide job guaranty or assistance, here you will not get this.
Proper learning environment
You will miss proper learning environment, library, study room, discussion, presentations etc.
You may feel lonely in distance education