Difference between remote or distance learning and classroom learning?

Posted : 21-Mar-2018

When the process of courses is online from a college or educational organization located anywhere it is known as distance learning. The distance should not be a hurdle to offer students a quality education similar to a classroom environment.


The process can be synchronous - where teacher and all students are online at the same time, or asynchronous - where teacher and students can be online at different times, at their convenience. The exception is during "chat" times when students must be online together to communicate with each other in real time.

Assignments are given to students that include term papers and other writing assignments
Students may be tested. They may be asked to create or join teams with other students for group projects. They can ask their teacher questions. Students can give their opinions on subjects raised by the teachers or fellow students. 

 When you have a physical presence in the classroom the teacher and the students share the physical presence in forms of smiles or expressions of confusion, anxiety or anger. It brings about the group motivation to achieve and provide opportunity.

The remote environment, on the other hand, depends on each student to independently motivate himself or herself, to receive weekly teaching and assignments, to log in when required, to do the assignments during the week, to communicate with other students if asked, and to learn enough to pass any tests or exams. This requires independence and self-motivation, time management, and the ability to block out the distractions from home.

One of the striking difference between both these learning methodologies is with the sources available. Remote students often have to use textbooks and additional sources available like using the internet for deep understanding and information.

Now, the difficulties of the remote environment are offset by the convenience of using the system at your pleasure. Generally, you can sign on as a student at any time, within some general restrictions.

What the future has in store, no one knows? but the number of colleges offering remote courses
as part of their curricula has raised. Some high schools and vocational schools are also adding remote courses. Community centers and government organizations, too, are looking to add remote opportunities for learning.



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