Not much mention is made these days about correspondence courses. This term seems to be slipping into history, along with the likes of the horseless carriage, Easter bonnets, and iceboxes.
Where the correspondence course required actual correspondence and the mail service to deliver school class work over long distances between student and instructor, today’s student can earn a distance education degree without much writing at all, thanks to a computer, and without the postal service, too, thanks to the internet.
Today’s student can earn a distance education degree in many more fields of study than ever before, too, thanks once again to electronics and computer technologies.
Like its predecessor, the correspondence course, a distance education degree offers the student the flexibility to schedule study time when it best meets the scheduling needs of the busy student. In fact, the flexibility of schedule is one of the main reasons people enroll in online educational programs.
Distance, too, is an important consideration to studying for a distance education degree. Not everyone has the luxury of living within commuting distance of a college or university so the online learning opportunities span those previously limiting miles, bringing the classroom to the student, wherever he or she happens to be.
Some courses of study are much more appropriate than others for a distance education degree plan of action. Subjects that rely heavily on computers are, of course, ideal of studying with the use of a computer. Accounting, graphic design, and software development are just a few of the many examples of these subjects.
When a distance education degree plan calls for personal, hands-on involvement such as performing arts or scientific laboratory work, the educational institution might offer a blended course of action between direct and online learning or they may have established a relationship with a third party to oversee these studies.
Even though home and laptop computers seem pretty commonplace today, there are still many people who do not have access to them. For these students, distance education degree plans still involve the correspondence courses of old.