Distance Learning: The New Normal

Take a step into the future with Distance Learning: The New Normal. Find out how this method of learning can keep you safe and save you time and money.

The global pandemic took everyone by surprise and has left students, teachers and parents stressed and panicked. But you don’t have to be anxious about going back to a classroom. Explore the benefits and styles of Distance Learning: The New Normal. 

The Need for Distance Learning

We might not know much about Covid-19, but we do know that it’s transmitted through sneezing and coughing. This means that it could be on any surface you touch and anyone you come in contact with. But with distance learning you can stay in the safety of your home and follow safety protocols. 

Types of Distance Learning 

Traditional classroom learning only comes in one form. But distance learning comes in more than one so you can find one that fits your educational needs. Explore these learning methods you can have access to with distance learning.


Video classes means that you will meet with your fellow classmates and lecturer via video chat. These classes use tools such as Zoom, Hangouts and Google Meetings. You’ll be able to interact with others from your home.

Open Schedule 

Open schedule learning allows you to study independently. Your institution will give you your course materials and your syllabus. You will use tools such as online textbooks, bulletin boards and email.

Fixed Time 

Fixed time learning means that you log on to your learning site at a designated time. You will also complete your course work and activities within a specific time frame. Fixed learning also means that you will participate in online chats and discussion forms.


Computer-based learning is a mix of both online and traditional learning. Don’t worry. You won’t attend any face-to-face classes. You’ll receive your textbooks and complete all exercise, tests and exams on your computer.

Pros and Cons of Distance Learning

Distance learning might seem fantastic on paper but is it really for you? Knowing the pros and cons to this can help you make a final decision on whether or not distance learning is the right choice for your education.

Technical Elements 

You’ll be using quite a bit of technology while studying via distance learning. As fun as it seems to be working on your laptop, it also requires you to have a basic understanding of technology. You’ll need this just in case you run into network problems. 


There are a lot of scammers out there that will offer you amazing courses at unbelievable prices. But they might not be accredited or have accredited courses. You’ll have to do some investigating before registering with an institution. 


Do you have a full-time job and other responsibilities to take care of? Distance learning gives you the flexibility to work a full-time job and study a full-time course. So you don’t have to choose between your career and your education. 

Social Interaction

If you are a social butterfly, you might find studying via distance learning a bit difficult. With this study method you don’t attend classes or physically interact with fellow students. But with online study groups you can get to know some classmates. 

How Students Benefit 

Yes, distance learning is good for social distancing but does it benefit you? We have these benefits for you. 

Create Your own Schedule: You get to be in charge of your time. Our course durations and study at your own pace policy allows you to set up your own schedule. 

No Commute Needed: Traveling to and from campus can be costly and time consuming. But studying at home means you don’t have to travel anywhere. 

Take on Responsibilities: If you are looking to learn time management skills this is the perfect opportunity. With distance learning you take on more responsibilities. 

Less Stressful: Attending classes and following lecturers is a lot of pressure. But without that you’ll be able to study stress free. 

A young girl wearing a hijab. Sitting at her desk, taking her online class while on the phone with her classmate, she studies via Distance Learning: The New Normal.

What you Need to Study via Distance Learning

Every institution has different entry requirements. But ours are simple. We offer courses that require you to have a matric certificate and others just require you to be able to read and write in English. All you have to do is choose the right course for you. If you don’t have matric, we also offer an Adult matric course and a Matric Upgrade course. 

Adapt to the new Normal With our Help

Allow our expert course advisors to help you make the transition from basic classroom classes to the new wave of distance learning. Simply give us a call when you are ready. 

  • Call us for free on 0800 39 00 27
  • Or fill out a contact form for a call back
Last Updated: June 13, 2022


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Tia Sauls
Tia Sauls
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