Distance learning is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy, technology, and instructional system designs that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically “on site” in a traditional classroom or campus. It has been described as “a process to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both. In other words, distance learning is the process of creating an educational experience of equal quality for the learner to best suit their needs outside the classroom. Distance education courses that require a physical on-site presence for any reason (including taking examinations) is considered a hybrid or blended course of study. This emerging technology is becoming widely used in universities and institutions around the globe.
There are many reasons for distance learning. You may be handicapped and cannot attend a mainstream school, or you cannot afford to stay in the dormitory. Also, this is a good solution for those who want to attend the smaller academies who don’t charge as much per credit hour.
Some students choose to take their courses by distance learning because it allows them to work and go to school at the same time. They can work by day and do the coursework online by night or weekend.
Many distance learning programs offered by many academies offers students a broad selection of undergraduate, graduate, professional as well as some degree programs. The same quality teaching and academic support services available on the main campus are also available through distance learning via interactive video and online learning and sometimes at other campuses or locations.