As high school students consider their options for a college education, many are looking to options that include distance learning. For most high school graduates, distance learning provides an opportunity by which to tailor an educational program around their needs to balance work, family life and still remain social and interactive with the peers after graduation.
If you are about to graduate high school, or you are the parent of a high school senior, it is important to consider the options and challenges associated with distance learning. While colleges formulate schedules and programs on a distance learning platform, many students will fail at the program simply based on their personality type. For students who are considered extroverts, the experience of distance learning will be vastly different than for students who are considered introverts.
Distance learning is a challenging way in which to achieve academic success. While it may seem to be a key way in which to manage a variety of schedules for students, it does requires self-motivation, an average level of intelligence and a unique cognitive style that promotes thinking and management of schedules. Discipline, therefore, will be important to the success of distance learning. While many distance learning programs boast the ability to deliver education with little to no IT expertise, students must have the ability to navigate Internet or web-conferencing programs and, when not able to navigate the programs, must be willing to reach out for assistance from resources.
For students who are introverted, the challenges associated with technology access and distance learning can be unique in that an introverted student may often experience complications with seeking assistance with technology. By the very nature of being introverted, these types of personalities in students can lead to many lost hours, and even days, accessing distance learning classes online. As a result, the introverted student may be at a great disadvantage in terms of technology use when not familiar with the programs.
In contrast, extroverted students may find that distance learning is challenging by the very nature that it places some degree of isolation with the educational process. That is to say, extroverted students often become bored with the distance learning process and may, instead, opt to pursue other life experiences and fail to follow through on school assignments.
Whether you are the high school graduate, or the parent of the high school student, it is important to consider the options associated with college level education. For many students, the appeal of distance learning often gives way to some unique challenges that may not be perceived at the onset. It is important, therefore, to consider these educational options carefully.