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The only thing that is constant in this world is change. This age-old saying with time has found into best relevance in the world of education. Until some decades back, education was only preserved in the traditional classroom setting, which in the present age found its evolution in the online world. Thanks, to the continuous development of technology and advancement of communication with which education found a new meaning in the present age of modernization and globalization.
Distance Learning, as a medium of delivering education has spanned across the globe and reached all levels of society at an equal par. This recently evolved educational medium had come across as a boon for those who aspire to make it big in the academic and professional world but lacks the mean and scope. Owing to the huge response that came in from all parts of the world, colleges and universities have taken up the road of online learning, as an intercontinental channel of providing education and training to the career aspirants and learning enthusiasts across the globe.
Distance Learning, as per the common definition refers to the form of learning that concentrates on teaching method and technology with the aim of delivering teaching to students who are not physically present in the traditional educational setting. It has been explained as a process to generate and offer access to learning when time and distance, or both separate the source of information and the learners.
Relying on the hands of Internet technology, this medium of education has traveled far in connecting students and teachers from remote areas of world. It has offered the students an exposure to the global world through a virtual class setting over the internet. Web conferencing, video conferencing, video and audio recordings, message board forums, and access to online library are some of the communication tools on which rides the online mode of learning.
Distance Learning has crept into several professional career avenues thus making it easier for the students to pursue their dream degree. You can now start a course on various disciplines that includes business management, law, finance & accounting, sales & marketing, tourism & hospitality, HR management, supply chain management and psychology. This learning mode, which has been a boon for the working students and the professional executives, rides high on several benefits.
Here is a look at some of the advantages –
Expanding access and horizons
Attain a foreign degree from home
Juggle effectively between studies and career
Complete online mode of learning and teaching
Flexibility of the course curriculum and duration
Campus visits restricted for higher educational degrees
Skill enhancement, professional development, career enhancement, and knowledge enrichment completes the aspects of Distance Learning. It indeed became a ticket for the academic institutions and the career aspirants to set a foothold in the globalized world of knowledge and professionalism.
A number of educational organizations, especially non-profit ones have been formed to promote the development, application, and research associated with the distance mode of learning. Here is a look at the major ones -
The Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) is a nonprofit, professional association established to encourage the development and application of distance learning in the Federal Government, in accordance with Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code for Business Leagues and charted by the State of Ohio.
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a nonprofit association in the United States formed to promote research, development, and praxis across the complete arena of education, training, and communications in terms of Distance Learning.