The advent of the internet and other means of communication has made learning a more straightforward process. Unlike earlier, when the only choice an individual had was to attend a college or a university physically to gain a degree, today one can do it online. To present a better picture of all the various ways one can obtain an education, we talk about the different courses available to people.
• Degrees on the internet: the most prevalent type of distance learning is online degrees and programs. Over the internet one can learn any subject or topic. One doesn’t need to gather in a physical location to gain knowledge from an instructor. Students meet in a virtual classroom that is aided by the internet and the world wide web. There are no time and location restrictions. All a person requires is:
o an internet service provider
o an email account
o a web browser like internet explorer
With these tools in hand, one can learn from any corner of the world from a teacher in another part of the globe.
• Cable television courses: There are some colleges and universities that offer courses over cable TV. The classes are delivered through channels that the public can access. Such programs are generally a mix of live classes, taped sessions and learning over the internet. Email or website might be used to give instructions related to the degree or diploma. To attend a class, a person just has to switch on their TV and tune in to the right channel. If a student wants to communicate with the instructor, they can do so via:
o scheduled on-campus meetings
The only restriction is that the learner has to subscribe to the educational channel and of course cable TV. The subscription requires payment of a minimal fee. If there is an online aspect of the program, then internet will also be needed.
• Interactive TV courses: Such courses also happen through the internet but have limitations of time. The instructor and the learner both have to log on at the same time since both can see and hear the other person. The location of the two people can be anywhere in the world as long as they are able to connect online. An ITV course is meant to stimulate the same environment as an average classroom. As the teacher imparts knowledge, the student can ask queries and clarify all doubts.
Again, a person needs an ISP, web-browser and email address to be able to enrol to an ITV course. Meet the technical requirement of software and hardware, and you are good to go!
There are more types of distance learning degrees that are offered by different colleges. But these three provide the most flexibility. One can set their own time, and there is no need to take a step out of the house. This elasticity of schedule is the number one reason people around the world are opting for online courses more and more.