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Learner Profile The impact of Distance Education on the process of learning defines not only distinct roles for the instructor the instruction and the technology involved but also the role of the distance learner who faces a change from the traditional learning environment to a new setting The learner is face with new challenges of anticipation distress and the need to balance the responsibilities of the forthcoming tasks with the conditionings of work family or life circumstances Thompson 10 The distance learner is however characterized by self-reliance and a natural intent to pursue individual achievements on an environment different from the traditional one The distance learner must be able to do the following juggling a range of responsibilities on a daily basis does not need constant reassurance and direction from faculty likes working independently and can manages their time well good readers or enjoys reading enjoys working on their own but also appreciate some interaction with faculty and peers busy andor frequently changing schedule However some distance education learners do not do well because they need constant contact with the instructor in the traditional MWF or TTh pattern of classes This usually includes students despite age or previous education with deficient reading writing computing studying test-taking and critical thinking skills Some students right out of high school are at high risk if they do not have the appropriate skills They may need more experience with how to pursue a college class by taking a few classes on-campus The research clearly shows many different motivational factors that are contributing to the distance education learners Many of the learners find this an effective method of teaching and learning Listed below are some of the characteristics which have been found for the distance education learner Age Although the methods of noting student ages vary from study to study researchers agree that distance education
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