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Why choose distance learning?


If you’re about to embark on a new learning challenge, find out why distance learning might be the right choice for you with the latest blog from Kathy Hanson, head of learning at CIH.

"Distance learning is sometimes seen as the second best option but as providers of these courses for many years we know that students can flourish in this learning environment. If you are thinking about starting a course in the autumn why not consider distance learning as a positive choice – you might be surprised at how courses have changed since the old days of the correspondence course.

In recent years there has been a revolution in distance learning - courses are now delivered via the internet so you won’t receive that intimidating parcel at the beginning of the course, instead you’ll get a simple login to a virtual learning environment which changes to meet your needs, presenting you with the material that you need for the task in hand.

This virtual area is regularly updated and improved to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. The course site will also give you a chance to interact with other students and tutors so you will be part of a community.

Even though you're not in a classroom, you will still receive the support and guidance from tutors and other students - so you're never alone.

There are other benefits too, the courses are accessible by anyone, if you have limited mobility, need to be at home because of family commitments or if you simply live a long way from a centre delivering the course you want to do, you can access your course anywhere that you have internet access - 24 hours-a-day seven days a week.

On a distance learning programme your study can be truly flexible not just in terms of the when you study but also how you choose to use your study time. You’ll be provided with materials that cover the whole topic area that you are studying but, you can focus on the areas that you find particularly useful or challenging, spending less time on the topics that you are more familiar with.

Finally, distance learning works - if you research this area on the internet you’ll find studies that highlight the importance of good feedback from tutors and the use of the right methods in teaching, and as a distance learning provider we take this seriously, but the most important feedback is from our students. They tell us how their study has helped them to grow and develop and how it has affected their performance at work - why not check out what our students have said."

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