Distance learning, or learning away from the classroom environment,
is a great convenience for todays busy woman who may
be juggling home, kids, work, and more. Through correspondence
courses, tele-courses, and the Internet, you can earn college
credits, or even entire degrees--all without stepping foot
on a college campus. Instead of attending lectures, you log
on to your computer, open your mail, or turn on your television
to get course information.
Distance learning, however, isnt for everyone. Without
a teacher s encouragement or fellow students with whom
to share homework assignments, distance learners must stay
motivated on their own. And it can be difficult to learn complex
materials without the face-to-face interaction with your teachers
Other drawbacks include the cost, the potential for technological
difficulties (what if you have to take an online test and
your computer crashes?), and the possibility that the virtual
school is not legitimate or accredited (without accreditation,
the class wont count toward a degree).
The following accredited colleges offer distance education:
Center for Professional Development: Offering online and
of Phoenix: Designed specifically for the distance learning,
U of P offers a variety of courses of study.
For additional classes, consult with your local community
college, university extension program, and vocational school.