We all know about distance education, right! Due to globalization, education no more limits to any specific locality, state and country. Even student can take their education from home from various online programmes. To curate more insight of distance learning, let’s start discussing about this:
In distance education or distance learning or correspondence course is a system of education in which the students don’t have to sit in a traditional classroom and taught by the faculties. Teachers also don’t need to present physically in this system. Distance does not matter in distance learning. Communication is really very easy between the students and teachers through various of mediums. They can communicate via physical mail, email, social media, video and voice conferences, written chat and discussion forums available on the internet.
Evolve of distance education:
Yet distance education seems an idea which is very topical, but this system of education has been dominating among the students around from last three decades. Nearly in the middle of the nineteenth century, the idea of distance learning began to extend as postal mail services developed. If you turn around the history, Sir Isaac Pitman is the first person who was a shorthand writing teacher from Bath, England, valued the system of distance education.
Scenario of distance education today:
Initially distance learning was dependent on exams only, but now the scenario has been changed. Today mostly it takes place with the help of the internet. The internet has built the medium of communication which is quite faster, easier, and more efficient. This is the reason why it has been called as the medium. People for distance education programs now rely on the internet rather going to universities to complete the formality.
Whereas physical mail took many days to arrive at the recipient, but now everything can be sent as a soft copy, for example: forms, receipts and course materials can be sent via email in seconds. Traditional postal mail was really very difficult and time consuming to send than email, because it needed a person specially to go to the post office. But now it is easy and very convenient to send email and post things on social media or online forums, as this can be done from the desk of someone.
Also, it is possible that voice and video conferencing, which students can listen to lectures live, and can ask their queries to teachers instantly. So we can say the internet has made distance learning more efficient and convenient. Student can organize their own schedule according to their time and comfort.
Drawbacks of distance learning:
After knowing so many merit points of distance learning, don’t get shocked that it has some drawbacks too. They miss traditional classroom charms. For example: Firstly, the face-to-face interaction which students can have with their faculties and fellow students in a classroom cannot replaceable by video conferences or podcasts. Secondly, there is always a possibility of bad network problems with internet connection which may create a barrier in studying while it is really important (like exam time).
Still it becomes the trend as people have no time to invest roughly.