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Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Education

Nowadays, Distance education is becoming an important option for working people. Students also prefer distance education over regular courses due to financial problem or just to save time and get work experience. Here we are giving various advantages and disadvantages of distance education.



Flexible to do anytime, anywhere

You can do both things simultaneously – Earnings (job) and study

Wide choice of Courses

Variety of courses/options available

Can select multiple courses


Wide variety of specializations available


It’s affordable! really. You can save lots of money here.

Fees are less as compared to regular courses.


Need not to attend college

Access study material anytime, anywhere as per your convenience

Recognised and accepted courses

Most of the distance learning courses are well recognised and accepted

Many of them are affiliated to reputed/top universities.


Self-paced learning

Take your time

Beneficial for both fast learners and slow learners

Industry Oriented

Many courses are industry oriented and supported by Industry

Industry oriented syllabus due to flexibility

No age limit

There is no age limit for distance education

you can do distance education lifelong

Self Motivated

Here you need inner motivation to do the course

You are joining a distance course means you are self-motivated

Save time and money

Earn while you learn, here you can save time and money by doing two things at the same time.


Faculty assistance not available

Most of the distance learning courses don’t provide faculty support

You may miss guidance from experienced faculty members

Dependence on books and technology only

You need to read and understand concepts from books

You need to search contents online to increase knowledge

Lack of Discipline and control over students

There may be a lack of control or discipline

Activities will not be time-bound and at the end, you may face difficulties to face exams

College life

You will miss the college life and friends, gossips etc.

You will definitely miss college events, gatherings etc.

Acceptance of courses by Industry

You should check industry acceptance of courses before doing any distance education


You will not be able to get practical knowledge of the subject

No Job Assistance or Guaranty

Most of the regular courses provide job guaranty or assistance, here you will not get this.

Proper learning environment

You will miss a proper learning environment, library, study room, discussion, presentations etc.

You may feel lonely in  distance education