Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Numerous choices

Studying with the best school in the world without any physical limitations – that’s distance learning for me!

Jun-suh
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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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Open courseware or how to study for free

Many universities deliver now courses for free. This is called open courseware or open educational resources. You will find them at undergraduate and graduate level or for continuous professional development. Sometimes they are enriched with discussion forums and self-assessment tools to check your study progress. These courses take you 1 to 100 hours of study. Also on YouTube and iTunesU, universities publish free material (video-recordings). All this contributes to informal learning.

In Europe, also open access (Open Access-publishing en free online scholarship) is supported by most universities. In open access repositories, a wide variety of research articles is published and freely accessible on line.

Both sources can help you as an individual learner to update your knowledge. Many students subsequently decide to take a formal course or to engage in CPD.

It may be expected that universities will combine these initiatives of informal learning on subject area or profession related portals to share knowledge systematically and to connect students with formal learning opportunities.

Universities in the spotlight

The University of Hertfordshire

Hatfield, United Kingdom

UH Online is the University of Hertfordshires hub for online distance learning. Established in 2006, UH Online is dedicated to delivering high academic quality, flexible and accessible alternative to campus-based education. We have educated over 1,000 online graduates - student centered learning is at the heart of our course development. This means we understand how you learn and how to best present material online to make it easy to learn and absorb.

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Vilnius Gedimino Technikos Universitetas

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilniaus Gedimino technikos universitetas (VGTU) - tai viena didziausiu aukstuju mokyklu Lietuvoje, siekianti tapti technikos ir inzinerijos mokymo bei tyrimu lydere Baltijos salyse. VGTU yra vienintelis technikos universitetas Baltijos salyse patekes i "QS pasaulio universitetu 2012/13 m. reitinga". VGTU rengiami bakalaurai, magistrai ir mokslo daktarai.

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Bangor University

Bangor, United Kingdom

Established in 1884, Bangor University combines traditional academic excellence with cutting-edge research and equipment. Over half of the Schools assessed to date in the teaching quality assessments have received the top rating of ‘excellent’, while the last Research Assessment Exerciseconfirmed Bangor’s status as a research-led university with an international perspective. World-leading research was identified in all of its 19 assessed subject areas.

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Maastricht School of Management

Maastricht, Netherlands

Located in the heart of Europe, within easy access of Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, London and Paris, Maastricht School of Management (MsM) is one of the oldest and most international business schools in the Netherlands. Located in Europe, but an established global player, we know how much good management matters for success. We know how important it is to make internationally accredited management education accessible.

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Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds, United Kingdom

Leeds Metropolitan University has almost 30,000 students, 3,000 staff and 300,000 associate students through its network of 24 partner colleges. The University offers a range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses across four faculties - the Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology, Faculty of Business & Law, Carnegie Faculty, and the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.

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