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Distance learning offers a wide spectrum of courses in different disciplines. These cover a range of subjects that span everything from the simple and basic to the complex and technical. You can choose from diverse subjects such as fashion, IT, finance, cooking and graphic design, among a huge choice of options. You will receive guidance and mentoring from industry stalwarts, combined with the relevant courseware, to prepare you for the professional world of your choice.

Before you decide on a program, do your due diligence on the type of certification you can expect and how important it may be in your career. Also check out the kind of teaching methods used.

In addition to technology, teaching methods used in distance learning have come a long way and include:

Emails: Emails are always considered the simplest method of teaching, in which students used to submit their lessons for evaluation by teachers. The process was a little time consuming but was considered dependable. But more recent technologies eliminate the need for emails alone as the primary medium used in online learning, as in correspondence degree courses.

Audio tools: Audio tools encompass printed lessons and audiotapes. These are particularly good for language or literature lessons since they address accent, pronunciation and phonetics. These are also very effective for people who enjoy learning in a linear mode, even for distance learning degree courses.

Video tools: Video tools use audio-visual media, and offer the student an opportunity to watch the teacher online, but since they do not enable a two-way dialogue, they cannot be considered an interactive system. However, they do enable participation in a technical program because practical applications are simpler to demonstrate for online degree courses.

Interactive internet tools: People who have a computer and an internet connection can access demonstrations and modules online – they can basically access online courses online. They can join in lessons from any venue and get a more organised method of testing and evaluation online.

Videoconferencing: Videoconferencing for online distance courses enables students and teachers to directly interact with each other. They can participate in two way communications which permits them to get clarifications from the teacher and enables a dialogue between all participants. This results in a one-on-one interaction and ensures effective learning.

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