Pros And Cons Of Distance Learning

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Distance Learning has many benefits, these include, ease of access; flexibility and the global reach of many work based learning programmes (Allan, 2009; Cooling, 2012). On the other hand, it presents certain challenges, that require that the student be equipped with skills that would assist them to be successful in tackling their studies (Lorenzo, 2012). One of the pertinent skills is the ability to manage time and commitments effectively (Adams, 2012). This essay aims to explore the impacts time management skills have on learners enrolled for Distance Learning University Degrees, and their ability to be successful. In order to fully explore the topic, it will be necessary to map out the published pros and cons of distance
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people’s ability to learn is influenced by how they feel; it takes into account the various learning styles that adults exhibit, that students learn better when they’re part of a group - even if it is a virtual group (Bozarth, et al., 2004). Allan (2009) says that people need to feel supported; people learn best when they are invested in the learning process, there must be clear targets and a push to meet the deadlines (Allan, 2009). Research also shows that for optimal learning to take place, adult learners need space to reflect on what they have learned in order to absorb it, they also need to at times learn in a calmer setting; and lastly the student must be dedicated, immersing themselves in the information and be focused, (Moore, et al., 2010). These conditions contribute to a successful learning environment irrespective of whether it is in a face to face classroom or a virtual learning…show more content…
There is a body of research that has proved that there are actually strategies for good time management for students and that these can contribute positively to the levels of success of a student in long distance learning (Adams, 2012; Talbot (2010).
Planning - Clear planning on studying, scheduling learning activities are important, it is the first step in determining how much commitment in terms of time and effort is required for each study module. (Gillett, et al., 2003). Utilising diaries and calendars to keep track of commitments and hold one accountable.
Executing the plan is just as important. Planning a study schedule requires that the student follow through, complete the tasks as set out in the schedule, adjust the schedule to fit their requirements, and follow it (Forsyth, 2013). This requires discipline and

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