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Characteristics of a Distance Education Learner December 7, 2012

Posted by stewsutton in Communications, Education, Information Technology.
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The following are some common characteristics that must be considered in planning educational services to the increasingly mobile and schedule-compressed learner…

  • Distance Education students must coordinate the different areas of their lives which influence each other: families, jobs, spare time, and studies.
  • Distance Education students reasons for taking courses may be motivated by obtaining a degree to qualify for a better job, to just take courses to broaden their education without interest in completing a degree.
  • In Distance Education, the learner is usually isolated. The motivational factors arising from the contact or competition with other students is absent. The student also lacks the immediate support of a teacher who is present and able to motivate and, if necessary, give attention to actual needs and difficulties.
  • Distant Education students and their teachers can often have little in common in terms of background and day-to-day experiences and therefore, it takes longer for student-teacher rapport to develop.
  • In Distance Education settings, technology is typically the conduit through which information and communication flow. Until the teacher and students become comfortable with the technical delivery system, communication will be inhibited.
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