What is Distance Education?
Distance education is the delivery of instructional information that does not confine the student to be physically present in the same location as the instructor/teacher. To be effective, distance education offerings must include opportunities for personal interaction.

The Reality of Distance Education?

  • You must be a self starter.
  • Online classes are not easier than traditional classes.
  • Online courses are convenient and flexible.
  • Online education can be technologically challenging.
  • Less opportunity to interact with peers and instructors in real time (as it comes in).

Is Distance Education Right for You?
When considering a distance education program, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you have adequate computer equipment with Internet access?
  2. Is your computer situated in a quiet location where you can work uninterrupted?
  3. Are you more interested in curriculum than interaction?
  4. Are you a highly focused, self-disciplined individual?
  5. Do you find the distance learning approach preferable to traditional in-classroom student/teacher stimulation?
  6. Do you need a flexible program to fit your needs?
  7. Is the content you want to study appropriate for online learning (meaning NO hands-on instruction)?
  8. Do you prefer one-on-one interaction with Faculty (most likely via e-mail rather than classroom participation)?
  9. Will you benefit from distance education?

If you answered YES to at least six of these questions, then distance education might be a good fit for you. As you explore a distance education program, be sure to consider your capabilities in terms of time, and identify the specific approaches and attendance requirements.

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