Distance Learning vs. Traditional Learning
November 25, 2012
Many people think that traditional learning is better than distance learning. Some people learn better through a distance learning environment and some people learn better through a traditional learning environment. Distance learning is when students and instructors interact in an online classroom setting through the internet and they cannot see each other in person. Is traditional learning really better than distance learning? McFarlane stated, “Despite the differences existing between virtual schools and brick-and-mortar schools, schools regardless of modalities have one universal function: the education of individuals for self and social group and well-being progress and survival” (McFarlane, 2011). Distance learners have great benefits, can access great tools for learning, and have great communication with their instructor. Even though distance learners cannot see their instructor and classmates in person, distance learning is just as effective as traditional learning.
Distance learners have great benefits through distance learning. One benefit is a money saving. It cost less money to a distance learning class than a traditional learning class. Another benefit that distance learners have is having flexible hours. They have access to their classroom every day. Another benefit would be transportation. Distance learners don’t have to worry about how they are going to get to class because they can be in class in their own home (McFarlane 2011). Learning at your own pace is another benefit of distance learning. Distance learners learn when it is best for them. They don’t have to rush to get their work done. A person with a disability they can keep them from traditional learning can also have a distance education. Distance learning earns their degree faster than traditional learning. Distance education doesn’t...