Many people wonder if distant and e-learning is worth their time and money. Here’s a few points which can help you decide. Previously, many people wished to go for further studies but most of them could not. Either they did not have any time or money, or because of the lack of scope and availability of courses.
But now, with many universities coming up with a lot of online and distant courses, it has become very easy for these individuals to simultaneously work and study.
What India offers
In India, there are various kinds of degrees offered by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and respective State Open Universities, (SOU’s) that one can opt for. For instance, there are Distant Learning, Open Learning, Correspondence Education, Virtual Education, Online education and Extension Courses.
Apart from these, there are Commonwealth of Learning (COL) courses which is initiated by the governments of commonwealth countries to exchange educational and cultural diversity among the countries.
Even IGNOU has courses collaborated with UNESCO and has a chief role in SAARC consortium for Open and Distance Learning (SACODiL) along with Global Mega Universities Network. (GMUNET)
International universities like University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Imperial College of London, University of Birmingham in UK, offer various academic and professional courses for short and longer time, which can be completed by distance learning.
The benefits of this mode of study
Like every other college or university, these universities offer under-graduate, post-graduate and many vocational along with professional courses.
The certificate holds equal value to degrees obtained by any regular student from universities round the globe.
Another encouraging fact of this mode of study is, one can choose the schedule and be flexible with studies. Hence, at work or at home you can skill yourself in the way you wish.
The courses can be pursued by people of any age group, and there is a scope for lot of improvement in the fields where one chooses to study.
Little hurdles in the way
If you at any point of time feel deprived of experiencing a university or college life, you can keep in touch with the faculty, fellow students through online forums and groups and communicate easily.
But it is very important to remember that you should know about the university, its quality of education, facilities provided, and of course, the module which you are looking for.