Should We Consider Distance Education?

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In a context of rapid technological change and changing market conditions there is growing support for the claim that, the American, European and even Turkish educational system is challenged with ample and day by day increased educational opportunities with less budget required when you compare it face to face education or what we called as traditional education. Many educational based institutions, universities and courses are trying to answer this challenge by their own developing distance education or e-learning programs. So it is time to define what distance learning is; at the most basic level, distance education takes place when a teacher and students are separated by physical distance, and technology such as internet based voice, video, data, and print, often in concert with face-to-face communication. On logical grounds, there is no compelling reason to argue that these types of programs can provide students, adults with a chance at an education, reach those disadvantaged by limited time, physically at a distance or physical disability, and update the knowledge base of workers at their places of work.
So like everyone you can ask yourself if distance education effective enough? and if distant students learn as much as students receiving traditional face-to-face instruction at their educational institutions? Researches comparing distance education to traditional face-to-face instruction indicates that teaching and studying at a distance can be as effective as traditional instruction, when proper methods and technologies used are implemented, and be aware of the fact that there is student-to-student interaction, and in a timely matter teacher-to- student feedback.

Then lets come to the point of how distance education ...

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...antages of distance learning is that there is no need to travel to and from class every single day. Someone who doesn’t drive or want to spend money on the costs of public transportation every single day most likely choose to get an online education over the traditional classroom.
Distance learning enables students to learn from some of the most prestigious professors and guest speakers in each field.
As a conclusion, online classes are just as, if not more, effective at teaching students than the traditional classroom style of learning. On the basis of the all the abovementioned advantages currently available, it seems fair to suggest that distance learning may not be the ideal option for everyone but should be considered an important options for education. If you ask me if I should consider, choose or suggest to anyone distance learning I would definetely say Yes.
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