Distance learning has arisen as a boon for the education system in India, now due to distance education most of the peoples even from the rural areas are also able to continue their studies and complete that without any extra pressure. Distance education or learning is a mode of education where teachers and students are away from the traditional classroom setup, it could be online learning or weekend classes. This mode of education enables us to study, attend classes even from our home and we can also interact with our teachers, professors via virtual world. In this kind of education system the teachers and students get connected by latest technology consists of internet, satellites, computers and other devices. It enables us to take classes from any place, even in some cases the recordings of lectures are also available.
There are some things that students tend to ignore generally, but these are the vital things of any distance education, without these things it could be very difficult to pursue your education via distance learning, some of them are listed below.
Accreditation: When you are choosing any course make sure that the program is accredited by the authorized body and the the university is also a recognized one.
Scope of the program: The program you are choosing has enough career scope for you. Always get detailed information about the course that you want to pursue, always make a list of courses maximum 3 to 4 and get detailed information about them the course which has better career prospect than others need to be chosen.
Faculty: Always get detailed information about the faculty, because the faculty is going to teach you, what you need to know is their track record, their behavior, their way of teaching, their past results etc. These things help you to analyze about the faculty.
Interaction: The interaction between you with your faculty and fellow students is an important aspect of distance learning, try to figure out the number of opportunities that the university provides you to interact with your faculty and fellow students, if it has been done online then it will be very good for you and others because the interaction will take place without any traveling.
Tutorials: If the university provides video or audio or both kind of tutorials then it would be a plus point for you, you can learn about the course via recorded lectures.
All these things are general but most of the times students ignore these aspects, so if you are going to pursue any program through distance learning then keep these aspects in your mind. Best of Luck!