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Pros & Cons, Status, and Scope of Distance Education – Is it Worth it?

Distance education refers to learning classes where students aren’t physically available in the classroom, yet they use remote devices to take classes in real-time from anywhere in the world. The advent of modern technology and the internet has given rise to correspondence courses – typically referred to as online education. If you are anywhere near interested, confused, or concerned about online education, then this post might be the most useful piece of information you’ll be reading this morning, afternoon, or evening.

Pros & Cons of Online Education

Like the traditional education system, online education has a set of pros and cons. And an online course that works best for someone may not serve the same deal to you. Thereby, following are some pros & cons of online education.

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  • Distance or online education is cheaper than on-premises learning. Thus, people looking for economical education options often peruse distance education.
  • Distance education works best for people looking forward to perusing a job along with studies. In this way, people can get adequate experience in the relevant field by the end of course.
  • Most of all, distance education saves time. Most institutes would provide you the facility to either take classes in real-time or by class recordings which you can study during the weekend.
  • You are not obligated to class quizzes and learn at your own pace. Thus, people perusing distance education are at an advantage over regular students.
  • With distance education, you can learn whenever and wherever.


  • There are higher chances of distraction and only people with high willpower can secure good grades in distance education.
  • It is recommended to choose a reputable institution because many so-called educational institutes may have hidden costs in the course.
  • As online education is long-distant, you will require quality technology to effectively take classes. Thus, there is an overdependence on technology.
  • Scam educational institutes are on rise in distance education.

Status & Scope of Distance Education

The first university ever to offer correspondence courses was the University of London in 1985. After this, the international correspondence schools were established in the 1890s – giving rise to distance education. The beginning of the IT revolution in the 20th century promoted the distance higher education to further heights.

Today, there are many reputable universities and colleges offering distance education with the same credibility as that of traditional on-premises education. In simple words, students pursuing distance education would be regarded with the same enthusiasm, regard, and expertise. Thus, distance education has a positive status and vast scope both in terms of job opportunities and easy-education system.

Final Verdict

Many students are availing distance education as a great opportunity to keep pace with their practical and educational life. The most popular distance learning courses include BA, BCOM, BCA, MBA, LLB, BL, BBA etc.

Moreover, distance learning institutes are making use of high-grade technologies to make this process smoother and easier for students. Therefore, there is no need to be concerned about the quality of education.

In case of further questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a reply below.

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