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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

By Melissa Gavin

The best thing about UWP's distance education programs is – the distance. When I was asked to contribute this blog, I looked at my calendar and was slightly concerned about timing since I was going to be out of town. However, this provided my topic. One of the best perks of the distance learning programs is the ability to travel while still going to school.

Unlike a traditional brick and mortar university, distance education allows students to participate in class whether at home or on the road. The key to success in this program is having an Internet connection available at some point during the day. As a student, I was able to travel with my family or volunteer my time out of town as long as the hotel I stayed at had a connection. This flexibility gave me a lot of freedom that I wouldn't have had at any other university. It allowed me to travel to weddings, special events, and for vacation at times when most students are not able to leave school.

Being at a distance is also a perk for being an active alumnus. As long as I have access to a phone line and Internet, I am able to be an active alumni member through the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB). Not only does the AAB allow me to stay connected to my alma mater and classmates, it also lets me continue to serve UWP from a distance. Once a month, I meet with fellow alums and members of the Distance Learning Center to discuss various items from mentoring to new developments to providing feedback. This connection is not something I have with the brick and mortar university from which I received my undergraduate degree.

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Anonymous Distance Learning Degree said...

You have wonderfully mentioned the points explaining the merits of distance learning. "One of the best perks of the distance learning programs is the ability to travel while still going to school." This statement is the best part of distance learning.

September 30, 2009 at 12:16 AM  

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