Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Flexibility

I don’t depend on the visiting hours of my tutors any longer. Convenient online tools provide direct feedback on my progress

Joanna
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Individual support

For me studying online is perfect: No overcrowded lecture halls but individual feedback to keep me focused in my studies

Jake
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Raise in status

Suddenly, my boss looks at me in a different way. Even my salary increased!

Maria
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Why choose distance or online study?

By EADTU

Currently, some three million students are studying at a distance or online, half of them in specialized open and distance teaching universities organized in nine European countries (United Kingdom, Spain (2), Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Cyprus), and the other half in conventional universities all over Europe. The number of distance and online students is increasing every year as there is a growing need for it, especially for mature students, at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level and in continuing education or professional development.

Variety of offers

Courses vary from formal degree courses to non-formal short courses for professional training and updating. A growing number of universities is also publishing open educational resources, which are open to everybody for free use and informal learning.

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Advantages of distance study

Most students are studying at a distance or online, because of the flexibility of the system. There is no better way to combine studies and work or family than by independent learning, at any time and any place and following a personal pace, supported by teaching staff or co-studying with peer learners in learning communities. The courses are specially designed for self-study and adapted to the needs of mature students and of the actual knowledge society. They are student-centered, while learning programs are often personalized to fit the needs of the individual student.

Of course, the flexibility is specifically important to students with special needs or who for other reasons are not able to follow courses on campus.

Easy of access

Many students also follow this system because it is open, which means that especially in open universities no formal requirements have to be fulfilled to access the courses. However, students should have the necessary prior knowledge and skills to be successful. In some European countries, open universities were established with the primary mission to offer students without formal entry qualifications a second chance to follow higher education.

Because they are combining study and work, many students will study at a part-time basis, which still requires a strong time management from the student.

Universities in the spotlight

University of Roehampton, London Online

London, United Kingdom

The University of Roehampton, London has been providing quality education through its colleges for more than 170 years. Today, the University continues its tradition of excellence by providing working professionals around the world with access to high-quality online masters degree programmes at an affordable, all-inclusive tuition.

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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, United States

UMass Lowell is a public university committed to preparing our students for work in the real world— solving real problems and helping real people— by providing an affordable high-quality education.

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University of New England

Armidale, Australia

The University of New England (UNE) is the smart choice for students of the future. UNE combines the highest academic standards and industry-valued qualifications with flexible modes of learning.

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Herzing University

Milwaukee, United States

Career-focused, convenient, and caring — these ideas define an education from Herzing University. We offer personalization and support to help you earn your degree and advance your career

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American Public University

Charles Town, United States

American Public University (APU) is a distinguished and leading provider of affordable, quality online education to motivated students worldwide offering more than 180 career-relevant programs and outstanding student support services.

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