Advantage and Disadvantage of Distance Learning
- Online degree programs offer the flexibility of fitting your education into your life as you see fit.
- Shorter matriculation period (i.e., it takes less time to earn an online college degree than from a traditional learning institution)
- You can still work a full-time job while earning your online bachelor’s degree or online master degree.
- Taking online classes can save you money on tolls, gas, parking, childcare, and dormitory boarding
- No more commuting!
- There’s financial aid available for most students
- Small “classes” and individualized learning plans
- Virtual elimination of class/test anxiety
- Easy access to course materials and supplemental resources
- More time to think before answering class/instructor questions
- Learning new technologies or improving familiarity in a hands-on environment
- No more competing with peers for lab time or teacher attention
- Geographic location is no longer a factor (ex: you can live in New Jersey but take classes from an institution in California )
- Instructors are more accessible
- Online college degree programs offer accelerated schedule and graduation
- A personal lack of motivation or discipline can cause class failure
- Lack of face-to-face interaction with instructors and peers
- Typically, there are no advisors to discuss your educational plans and course load with
- Lack of human interaction in class can hinder the learning process for some
- Absence of significant networking opportunities with faculty and peers
- More opportunities for “real life” interruptions to your study time
- Technical difficulties with your computer, printer, or internet can cause educational delays
- Lack of social outlets found at traditional learning institutions (ex: sororities/fraternities, student union, clubs, etc.)