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The Benefits of Distance Learning OUTLINE 1One-on-one interaction with the instructor 2Self-reliance responsibility and initiative the student must have to succeed in an online course 3You dont have to attend a physical campus 4People who hate the classroom dont have to worry about the other students 5ORGANIZATION 6You schedule your class time when you can attend 7There isnt any long commute to a campus 8The same if not MORE resources for the student to achieve their goals with Why are Students Successful Research suggests distant students bring basic characteristics to their learning experience which influences their success in coursework Distance education students Are voluntarily seeking further education Have post-secondary education goals with expectations for higher grades Schlosser Anderson 1994 Are highly motivated and self-disciplined Are older Studies also conclude that similar factors determine successful learning whether the students are distant or traditional These factors include Willingness to initiate calls to instructors for assistance Possessing a more serious attitude toward the courses Employment in a field where career advances can be readily achieved through academic upgrading in a distance education environment Ross Powell 1990 Previous completion of a college degree Bernt Bugbee 1993 httpwwwuidahoedueodist9html The research clearly shows that online courses are in demand and that students learn as well in these courses as in face-to-face courses Robert Threlkeld and Karen Brzoska as qtd in 4 Two real advantages stand out in my mind 1 the one-on-one interaction with the instructor and 2 the self-reliance responsibility and initiative the student must have to succeed in an online course Also as a first-time online student I learned and experienced many things For example although I have participated in many conference phone calls the audio conference with about fifteen participants was a new and interesting experience Beforehand on the bulletin board we discussed the etiquette required for such a conference That in itself was educational Also learning the computer tools--bulletin boards chartrooms web-site email
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