Distance Education

By Chris Sutton

Studying through correspondence, or distance education as many like to call it, is a form of study equivalent to on-campus learning.

With the need for a job and spare time for hobbies, often having to attend a university 3 or 4 times week can be a troubling juggling act.

This in part is reason to the rise of distanced education, which is basically completing a degree without having to leave the familiar surroundings of your own home.


Many are of the view that this method is easy, contains less work, allows for laziness and simply does not compare to classroom learning. They cannot be further from the truth.

“You get to wake up late, have a break whenever you want and can finish everything in one day,” said a fellow workmate, unaware of the necessities contained within such a choice.

As someone who has studied off-campus and on-campus, it is evident that the latter is more respected. But with the rise in people signing up with Open Universities Australia and similar organisations, awareness should soon increase.

Correspondence study brings about different demands to the education environment, including the need for individuality, being able to avoid distraction and having the passion to study hard when a television or Playstation stares you in the face.

Despite this, the amount of support a student of such learning can receive is on par with the classroom counterpart. For example, Griffith University utilises a program called Blackboard, allowing students of subjects to interact with one another through discussion boards and activities. This is the way of the future.

While it does ultimately depend on the chosen degree and the personality of the individual, completing any type of course online or through correspondence is a choice most aspiring tertiary students should contemplate.

We all love to work hard and player harder. Nothing generates a more ideal way to complement an active lifestyle than distanced education.

As a studying journalist and passionate reader/writer, I will be creating reviews, articles and recommendations to fellow students to raise awareness for certain subjects.


  1. Luan

    24/06/2012 at 11:55 pm

    Like you, I have also studied on campus and off and I found distance education much more difficult. I agree that its much harder to stay self-motivated, but the biggest difficulty by far was the lack of academic support. Although I still had access to Blackboard, I still felt very ‘lost’ when it came to navigating some of the assessments and learning objectives, without that teaching (and peer) support that most on-campus students probably take for granted.

  2. Rachael Koch

    08/07/2012 at 12:34 pm

    I agree. It’s much more difficult to maintain motivation when you’re learning via correspondence. I find this ends up meaning that I rush through assignments at the last minute, thus learning significantly less!

    Having said that, it’s a good option in some circumstances.

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