Distance Education: How it is structured among various universities

Distance Education
Distance Education

Distance education: How it is structured among various universities

Distance education is a form of education where a student or the teacher may not always be physically present at school but uses various forms of technology to facilitate teaching. This normally includes sending correspondence through the mail.

Traditionally, distant education focused on non-traditional Students such as full-time workers, military personnel, and individuals who are non-residents of the area where the school is located. However, the focus has changed and it has become a widely accepted part of the educational world. An increasing number of universities are now offering distant education opportunities.

Advantages of distance education

The advantage of pursuing a distance education is that it offers flexible learning hours for students. The flexibility of studies helps students fit in without making great sacrifices as they can perform their responsibilities while juggling their studies.

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Also, distant learning offers accessible learning to those who live far away from the universities. Together with technology has closed the barrier that hinders one from accessing it due to their location.

It’s also a way of saving time and money as you won’t be moving to and from campus. As one will be studying from the comfort of their homes.
it is no surprise that this form of education is becoming one of the ways to expand skills and progress in our careers due to its flexibility.

Disadvantages

You have no social interaction with others. This type of education makes you lose out on networking with others.

Also, complicated technology can hinder the progress of your studies. Also for people who are not tech-savvy, they will have a dissatisfactory learning session.
Notwithstanding these inconveniences, distant education is still gaining popularity amongst students.

Which institutions offer distance learning programs?

Due to its acceptance as a form of education, a lot of institutions are offering it. Some universities in Ghana offer programmes that could offer you the skills you need to achieve your educational and career goals.

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Distance education universities in Ghana.

  • UCC distance education
  • KNUST distance education
  • UMaT distance education
  • UPSA distance education
  • UG distance education
  • UEW distance education and others

Distance Education Universities Outside Ghana

  • Harvard University Extension School
  • Boston University Online
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • Open University of Catalonia
  • University of South Africa (Unisa)
  • The United Kingdom Open University
  • University of the Philippines Open University
  • Open University of the Netherlands
  • Open University of Hong Kong
  • Thomson Rivers University Open Learning
  • The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

How does it work?

Normally after being offered acceptance into the institution, the school sends you an email detailing every information you will need. These normally include academic email addresses, and virtual learning platforms to access course materials, submit assessments, and communicate with tutors and others.

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Sometimes, you may have the option to attend lectures on campus or at an associated study location

What you will need?

A phone, laptop and a stable Internet

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