What is Distributed Learning Like?
Distributed Learning is convenient and provides flexibility to the learner. Some of the advantages to distance learning are:
Learners attend a "virtual classroom," usually in Blackboard so there is no need to travel to the campus. Learners attend their virtual classroom at hours that fit their own personal daily schedule. Although there are deadlines to meet, learners can work on material within those deadlines at their own pace. Learners work under the guidance of their instructors, maintaining contact with their instructors via Blackboard, email, telephone or various other technologies.
Be warned, online learning is NOT EASY; it is at least as demanding as any face-to-face course. To be successful, consider the following:
- Online learners need guaranteed, routine access to a computer, whether it is at home or in a lab with an internet connection.
- A fast internet connection is a plus.
- The learner must have good learning skills.
- The learner requires discipline and organization.
- The learner must be self-motivated and responsible in his/her independent studies.
- The learner must be able to set aside blocks of time weekly to read material, do the assignments, and take part in virtual classroom discussions.
- The learner must be willing to adhere to the college policies on academic honesty.