Distance learning is not the right choice for everyone. There are many things to consider before deciding if this choice is best for you. Online learning requires discipline to complete coursework on your own, self-paced learning, studying and working alone on your classes, and an ability to understand and work a computer well.
There are many positive aspects to online learning, however. With online courses you are able to complete your coursework at your own pace, for the most part. You are able to work alone, which allows you to work at a pace that is conducive to your learning level. When you take courses online it is less disruptive to your family life than a traditional classroom may be.
Through online courses you can earn a degree faster than you would through the traditional classroom. When you complete coursework and receive a degree through an accredited and reputable institution online it is the same as earning the same degree through the traditional classroom.
Although there are many positives to online learning, there are some negative aspects that you need to consider to determine if it is right for you. Some academic areas may not be conducive to online learning. For example math and science courses may not be suitable for an online classroom. Not all degrees are available online, although more are be added every day. When you have a question you usually have to wait for a response. Your computer skills need to be advanced enough that you can easily access classroom pages, discussion boards, and upload assignments. You will need to have high-speed internet to be able to properly access your assignments and classroom instruction.
Once you have considered all the pros and cons, it is time to make a decision of what is best for you.