Essential Question: What lessons can we take from Global Distance Learning Efforts?
Global distance learning has many benefits. As listed below, there really is no excuse not to start/finish a degree. You can be a traveling consultant and still be able to fit taking a few classes into your schedule. Although we have learned in our textbook that Distance Learning has existed for some time, the ease of finishing a degree is easier today with limitless options.
The benefits of online education for students (Vioreanu, 2016):
Compared to traditional on-campus learning, distance education has several advantages for students:
- Accessibility: students are less bound by time and location
- flexibility: students are not constrained by a fixed schedule and can continue to keep their Personal circumstances and/or work obligations
- Affordability: distance education is often less expensive than traditional education, thus opening up learning opportunities to those people who otherwise, cannot cover the cost of a degree course.
Distance online classes often have features where students upload and complete their assignment which is a more streamlined process. Teachers are able to score and grade the work more efficiently. The effectiveness of this process allows the teacher to have a larger number of students. I have taking many courses with programs that automatically score assignments. The grades display for both the students and the teacher. Therefore, global online learning provides accessibility to more students.
“As institutions in K12 and Higher Education continue to use video and voice technologies that offer the flexible and diverse offerings that today’s students demand, global acceptance of distance learning continues to grow” (Shuck, 2016).
Additionally is the K12 option, foreign students are able to take transitional classes to adjust to a new culture and language all through online classes. Online videos can make the adjustment for the student easier. Students can see the body language (more than words can express sometimes) from the example students on what is expected behavior in the classroom. My brother moved from the Philippines to San Francisco in 1973 with my parents. He had a difficult time with how different everything was in California. I think that online videos would have been a great benefit for him.
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