Online degree courses are becoming increasingly popular because of the convenience they offer students as well as the availability of programmes. With e-learning courses such as our distance learning Project Management course, assignments are submitted online and students do not have to a classroom for the duration of their course. Students communicate with their tutors, classmates and the university through collaborative workspaces, email or telephone.

1. Student Centred

E-learning provides unparalleled convenience and flexibility that traditional classrooms cannot achieve. It allows students to choose where and when they want to study. Students are provided with visual aids to ensure they understand their notes. Distance learners can meet other students through telephone conferences and online chats, which allows them to comment and question as much as they need.

2. Degree Availability

There are all levels of distance learning degree programs online ranging from certificates to degrees, and doctorates. Online classes also have a wide range of programs including social sciences, nursing, business, political science, and psychology among others. Even aspiring lawyers can earn their law degrees online. While some degrees may require some physical presence in traditional classrooms, most programmes can be completed without stepping into a classroom. Many online degree programmes are accredited – like our MSc in Project and Programme Management which has been approved by the PMI’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs.

3. Cutting Edge Information

Students get up-to-date information from online libraries that they can use in research and studies. Online library systems are much easier to update than traditional libraries. Online learning facilitates open communication between students from diverse industries allowing them to exchange ideas on industry knowledge from lots of different sources.

4. Networking

Distance learning provides students with the opportunity to network with people from different parts of the world. E-learning is an effective means of developing relationships with people who have common goals. It allows students to create study or friendship groups. It is highly likely that students will find individuals with similar interests because they are studying the same things. Networking plays an important role in the future careers and personal goals of students.

Factors that Determine Success in E-Learning

– Discipline

Traditional classes offer instructors and scheduled meeting times in physical locations. Since e-learning does not involve any of these, it is up to the students to be disciplined enough and finish all assignments on time.

– Time Management

Poor time management can be a huge barrier to success in distance learning. Online learning requires students to manage their time well so that they have time for classes, assignments and other obligations.

– Consistency

It is not enough to do and submit a few assignments on time and submit the rest at your convenience. Like in traditional classes, covering the recommended material consistently and completing assignments on time play a significant role in a distance learning student’s success.

– Motivation

Students should always keep in mind why they enrolled for online programmes. There are many reasons why people study including to further their career, expand their knowledge or just for fun. Online students should always remember their motivation for continuing education through e-learning.

As it develops, distance learning is being ever more widely accepted as a legitimate means of getting education. E-learning is a significant part of the world’s educational landscape and it is set to become even more popular in this digital age that we are living in.

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