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  • 7 Reasons To Choose Distance Learning Even When Face-To-Face Classes Resume

    It ensures an uninterrupted learning journey for students.
    by Que Sullano-Gavan .
7 Reasons To Choose Distance Learning Even When Face-To-Face Classes Resume
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  • It has been over a year since schools have closed down and students were required to be in a distance learning setup. Distance learning was primarily used in colleges or universities back then, and complemented face-to-face learning. For primary and secondary education, however, it was a new way of learning that parents, students, and teachers were forced to adapt to. 

    Distance learning advantages

    As with most of the teaching methods and despite the initial discomforts, the distance learning advantages go far beyond protection from the virus and ensuring an uninterrupted learning journey for students. Here are some of the benefits it provides.

    Accessibility of time and place

    Parents no longer need to rush their kids to wake up very early to prepare for the commute or drive them to school and to beat the traffic to get to class on time. Teachers and students can use this extra time to extend sleep or extra study time.

    Distance learning allows students to attend classes or do their school work from any location of their choice instead of being restricted by geographical boundaries. Students can study their lessons anywhere as long as they submit their work on the agreed due dates. This is one of the most loved benefits of distance learning.

    Students learn at their own pace

    Learners can choose a schedule for their lessons. This allows students to access the learning materials at their comfortable time and let them learn at their own pace.

    Students who perform better in the morning may choose to start with the more challenging subjects right after they wake up, while those who absorb information better in the afternoon can wait later in the day when they are at full mental capacity. If there are lessons the students find challenging, they can spend as much time as they need to study them.

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    Makes use of available technology

    With distance education, students can strengthen their computer or internet skills, and use available tools and apps that may help them follow the subject lessons easier. Teachers are now more efficient educators in delivering lessons to students with the use of online resources, tools as videos, PDFs, and podcasts, instead of just using traditional textbooks.

    Supports different learning styles

    Each learner has different ways to learn and understand new information. Some students are visual, some auditory, and some have the kinesthetic learning style.

    With the distance learning options and resources, learning can be personalized in many ways. Parents can create the ideal learning environment to suit the needs of their student.

    Distance learning is also accessible for students with special needs. Learning from home provides them with secure environment that can be more easily tailored to their specific and diagnosed needs.

    Encourages learning outside the classroom

    Learning outside the classroom uses places other than school for teaching and learning. Distance learning integrates school and home life. The students learn through practical home activities and through experiential learning.

    Math lessons can be in the form of cooking, baking or budgeting. Through experiential learning with hands-on activities, students can better grasp concepts, and have more opportunities to be creative in solving problems.

    Teaches soft skills

    Students now learn different skills because of distance learning. These skills includes time management which teaches them to prioritize their time accordingly; use of technology and using it responsibly which teaches them to adapt to new system, how to independently troubleshoot technical issues, and how they can keep themselves safe online.

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    More affordable

    Another benefit of distance learning is on financial costs. It is more affordable as compared to having to go to a physical school every day for the whole school year. You do not have to spend on student transportation expenses, or meals.

    Additionally, learning resources can be available online, and with the option to go paperless, is more cost-effective. Distance learning programs offered by the public schools across the country are free.

    Distance learning is an alternative mode of learning that allows children to be safe at home without having to skip school for the whole year. It comes in several distance learning modalities – online, modular, or via television or radio instruction. Even in private school, parents have the option to choose which mode of distance learning will fit their student so they can learn their lessons effectively even at home.

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