Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Distance education, or distance learning, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy, technology, and instructional system designs that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically "on site" in a traditional classroom or campus. It has been described as "a process to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both."In other words, distance learning is the process of creating an educational experience of equal quality for the learner to best suit their needs outside the classroom. Distance education courses that require a physical on-site presence for any reason (including taking examinations) is considered a hybrid or blended course of study. This emerging technology is becoming widely used in universities and institutions around the globe.With the recent trend of technological advance, distance learning is becoming more recognized for its potential in providing individualized attention and communication with students internationally. The most widely cited[pedagogical theory of distance education is that of "transactional distance".

Online and distance degrees are gaining in popularity. Many people find the flexibility offered with distance learning is a huge benefit while trying to juggle the demands of everyday life. Many traditional college institutions are now offering their traditional college couses online as well as some graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Some online colleges have programs that allow you to focus entirely on your field of study making it quicker for you to earn your degree.

Most of these online colleges are accredited. This will be important if you want to get a scholarship or if you will want to apply for any type of financial aid and an online college must be accredited if you are going to transfer your credits. Be sure to check. Also, some degrees such as education and nursing require licensing. Make sure that your state accepts the degree obtained from an online college.

Some distance education programs require that you visit the campus a few times each semester. Some online colleges have orientation at the beginning of each semester which allows for the students to meet with the instructors. It is always good to attend these orientations. Some allow the program to be completed entirely at home. Some online colleges offer shorter semesters and give a choice of six, eight and ten week semesters.

Some colleges offer telecourses which are taped lectures and lessons which you watch at home. Completed ssignments are then mailed to the course instructor. Some assignments can be completed on the computer and the exams e mailed to your instructor. Most schools offer students online help as needed. Some schools allow students use of their online library. Your instructor will be available to you while you complete your course. Instructors generally can be reached by phone during