Distance education is an educational platform that provides a number of advantages to the student. Distance education provides opportunities to the learner that are independent of time and place. Students are able to learn when it is convenient to them and eliminate the need for commuting, which saves time and money that would have been spent driving back and forth. The skills needed to use the internet and computer can be transferred to other aspects of people’s lives. Another advantage provided by distance education is that it allows for self-paced learning. Students are able to learn on their own terms potentially reducing stress.
Technology has the potential to complex and be scary for some users, which can be viewed as a disadvantage of distance education. Those using distance education must either own a computer or have access to a computer that is connected to the internet, created extra costs. Another drawback of distance education is that immediate feedback is not offered, questions that would otherwise be able to be addressed in the classroom are not able to be immediately answered. Distance education programs don’t always offer the courses necessary, aspects of some classes the learner needs to be in the physical classroom. In addition, the opportunity to work on oral communication skills is lacking, therefore, being another disadvantage of distance education.
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