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The Best of Both Worlds: Distance Learning Insights

written by: Maryam DiMauro•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 2/2/2010

Are you afraid of becoming isolated but yearn for the freedom of online learning? Doing continuing education part time in a distance learning environment seems like an ideal compromise.

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    Reasons for Continuing Education Part Time

    A part time distance learning degree is a great way to jump into the world of online learning. What this entails is that you will have an allotted time to study online in a normal setting, but you will also be studying in the university campus for two or three months or doing a field study in a certain country.

    The advantages of doing this methodology is that you will be able to be able to continue with you job, dedicate time to your family and adjust your schedule, but you will also have the benefit of having more connectivity in a real life classroom. Although this might seem to be a daunting task you will soon be able to dive into the best of both worlds.

    Continuing your education online on a part time basis can also give you a great doorway to visiting campuses that are far away such as the University of Manchester in England. Because you do not have to pay full time overseas fees sometimes the result is cheaper studies with the same credibility of studying in a European university. In addition, you might be able to do other courses within the same university to get two degrees at once.

    In order to find out what courses offer part time distance learning your best bet is to research your available options with your chosen field of study. Before you opt for this, you should mill through all of the available options and which one seems the most viable. Which one fits your budget? What advantages does it possess to actually visit the campus? How good are their research facilities and what kind of online pedagogy do they occupy? How prepared are the online tutors compared to the on site professors?

    Before you embark on this journey, try to decide if even part time distance learning is the best option for you. It requires a lot of discipline to carry this through and it might not be the best thing for someone with a very committed job. If you wish to do this sort of program make sure your employer is OK with you leaving for an extended period of time, usually it is a specific time frame. Your employer might find it viable to use your time at the campus to extend your business if you have a flexible career. If you are a teacher, usually the on site studying occurs when holidays occur, so it fits in perfectly with an educator's schedule.






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