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7 Keys For Success With Distance Learning
How can make distance learning a success? Distance learning including it's newest variant elearning, has opened doors for many students, especially for those who cannot afford to pay for the high fees of full-time courses. Online distance learning courses have many advantages over on-campus degree courses. Nevertheless, many factors come into play in order to make this a success for most students. Due to the fact that this education is being delivered and acquired in different ways, adjustments and changes in approaches should be undertaken.
1. Selecting a Quality Distance Learning Institution
The first element you need to succeed with distance learning is to choose a good school or institution. Unfortunately, There are many no so serious "degree mills" around in the market that are only keen to sell their degrees without providing good education and ample student support. As a consequence, the degrees offered by these institutions may not be notorious, or may sometimes even be regarded as bogus degrees. In order to avoid this unlucky situation, do your homework, which means doing a the proper background check on the institution you are considering with the relevant authorities to verify on their accreditation and authenticity before registering.
2. Utilize Course Credit Transfers When you Can
Most distance learning institutions allow students to transfer their credits from other relevant courses that they had taken from other universities or colleges. Thus, students will not have to repeat what they have already learnt. In order to do this, it is prominent for distance learning students to obtain transcripts and results from their previous schools and send them to their distance learning online university to obtain credit transfers.
3. Have You Done a Cost-Benefit Analysis
Some students start up with online distance learning courses without even considering to do a simple cost benefit analysis of attending the course in the first place. It is a well known fact that obtaining an education course or degree requires a hefty sum of investment. However, this should be compared with the income potential that hopefully can be generated from the degree that is earned. Only then can the full rewards be reaped from gaining a degree online.
4. Make 100 percent use of facilities provided
Many of the distance learning online courses offer online lectures and email correspondence to facilitate communication with lecturers, tutors and other students. These facilities should be utilized as much as possible as it provides a link back to the education institution, a link that is necessary to succeed. Likewise, this would be a great source of motivation in order to keep progressing through the course of study.
5. Be disciplined, determined and manage your time carefully
In the actual course of study, we see that many students unfortunately lack discipline and focus and therefore are unable to keep up with online lessons and assignments. It is very important for distance learning students to have great determination to succeed, as it is very easy to get de-motivated and distracted when you are studying alone with no peers. Good time management along with regular communication with other students would make excellent measures for success.
6. Online Degree positioning to potential employers
There have been several cases where employers were wary of the validity of online degrees. With so many more or less serious online institutions selling degrees, it is justified for employers to exercise caution. Although a distance learning course or degree may be 100% legitimate, it would help if you provide adequate explanation on the accreditation of the degree in order to avoid misunderstanding. By stressing that the accreditation body which accredited your institution or your program is recognized by the US Department of Education as well as CHEA, you can then eliminate any doubts that employers might have about the validity of your degree.
7. Utilize education technology
The way education is delivered is to a high degree dependent on the education technology that is used. This technology is constantly changing, hence the ability to make full use of all the conveniences that technology has to offer might be the difference between distance learning success and failure, especially inthe future. Today, many online universities provide students with online research resources that are valuable for completing assignments or even producing research papers. The cost of facilities such as virtual libraries and online books has already been factored into the fees required from most distance learning schools. Therefore it makes sense to utilize these facilities to the fullest.
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