There is a demand for quality education and training in South Africa. And thanks to distance learning and online courses, learning and picking up a new skill became more accessible to all. No matter where you might find yourself in South Africa, you can now expand your skills and knowledge through these courses. Distance Learning vs Online Courses – which suits your lifestyle needs the best?
Distance Learning vs Online Courses – What are the Differences?
Distance Learning and Online Courses are often mistaken for being the same thing. Both of these teaching methods allow students to work from home, but they do have differences.
With distance learning you get physical copies of your study material delivered to you. Your study material gets printed and a courier service will drop it off. With online courses, you access your study material online.One of the benefits of having your resources online is, you don’t have to carry heavy books around with you. You can also access your material whenever you want.
Access to Academic Support
You can still communicate with your tutors, lecturers and academic staff. The means of communication differs with both. With distance learning, you can chat to academic staff via email. Only a few institutions allow you to chat with them via Whatsapp. With online courses on the other hand, your lecturers will explain your course work to you via video or web conferencing.
Online courses are a quick way you can learn a new skill. They generally take 10 – 16 weeks to complete, depending on the course. Distance learning courses, on the other hand, take a longer time to complete. However, there are short courses you can do with distance learning. But these courses still take longer to complete.
Assessments and Exams
Distance learning students still have to write examinations and submit their assignments. They can send their assignments via postal services. Exams are written at exam centres. Students who study online have to complete and submit their assignments online. All exams and tests for online courses are done online.
Why you Should Choose us
At Skills Academy, we pride ourselves for adapting with change and making studying accessible to all. Due to the current global crisis, we have switched to digital methods to make things easier for our students. Here’s why you should choose us.
- We offer academic support via email and Whatsapp
- You can access your study material online
- Our dedicated course experts go above and beyond to help with study related queries
- We have study groups where you can hat to like-minded students online and help each other with course work
Want to know how to choose an online course? You can visit this link here.
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Author: Cherri-Lee Rhode
Last Updated: May 6, 2020