Open Distance Learning

Want to learn more about Open Distance Learning? Find out what it’s all about right here by reading the information below.

Want to learn more about Open Distance Learning? Find out what it’s all about right here by reading the information below. 

What is Open Distance Learning?

Open distance learning (ODL) is a flexible learning method that aims to deliver teaching to students in different places. This can be done on an individual or group basis. 

Difference Between Open Distance Learning and Distance Learning 

These learning methods may seem similar, but there are some differences between the two. Learn what they are from the explanations below. 

Open Distance Learning

Open distance learning aims to bridge the gap between the learning medium and student. This is done by not restricting the learning process to either on-site or off-site learning. Both types of learning are offered. You can study via: 

  • Tutorial classes 
  • Post 
  • Internet 

Distance Learning 

Distance learning simply refers to learning from a distance. This means that learning is done off campus through correspondence. No need to attend physical classes. All your study material gets sent straight to you. 

Where can I Study Open Distance Learning Courses?  

Currently, the University of South Africa (UNISA) is the only institution that offers open distance learning courses. You need to have a matric certificate to apply for these courses and space is limited. 

Open Distance Learning is a way to connect students and teaching remotely

How do I Know if Open Distance Learning is Right for Me?

Considering this learning method, but completely sure it will suit you? Open distance learning might be for you if you: 

  • Like to plan you life and activities ahead of time
  • Enjoy reading articles, newspapers, emails and long academic texts 
  • Have the support of your family and friends
  • Like to get things done on your own, even if it’s difficult. 
  • Are comfortable with using computers and technology 

What Other Options do I Have? 

If open distance learning doesn’t appeal to you, then why not try distance learning? You can start your studies at any time and a matric certificate isn’t needed. If you’re looking for the best distance learning college, Skills Academy is the way to go. 

Benefits of Studying With Skills Academy 

Skills Academy is a distance learning college that offers a range of accredited and non-accredited courses. Take a look at some of the benefits our students can enjoy: 

Study Fast, Pay Less 

If you complete a 12-month course in 10 months, you don’t have to pay for the remaining two. That’s right! You only pay for months you studied. 

No Credit Checks 

We don’t do credit checks. This means you don’t have to worry about your credit history when you apply to study with us. 

30-day Money Back Guarantee 

Not happy with the service you’ve received? You can get a full refund within 30 days of registering with us. No questions asked! 

Access to Study Groups 

All of our students get access to study groups. If you have any queries about your course work, feel free to send a message to you peers or tutors. 

Ready to Kickstart Your Studies? 

Register with us by using one of the options below and speak to an expert: 

  • Call us on 0800 39 00 27
  • Fill in this registration form
  • Chat to us on Whatsapp at 082 318 8892
Last Updated: November 2, 2020


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Thiana Pretorius
Thiana Pretorius
As an avid reader and writer, Thiana aims to create content that is both interesting and useful. She also has a passion for creative writing. Most of her free time is spent either reading or letting her imagination run wild while crafting her own stories. View my LinkedIn profile

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