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Learning outside the physical classroom

Learning outside the physical classroom

More students around the globe are benefitting from the cost-effective option of distance learning.

In recent times, the internet and high-quality online curriculums and courses have changed how we view traditional education methods.


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The first correspondence school

Back in 1728, Caleb Phillips advertised his teachings on a new shorthand method in the Boston Gazette. The lessons would be delivered by mail every week.

In the 1840s, Sir Isaac Pitman also offered shorthand by mail. However, his students would send him a postcard with their efforts, and he would correct and send it back to them. Thus, the Phonographic Correspondence Society was born to formalise the courses. In turn, it led to colleges, and by 1873, the first correspondence school was opened.


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Distance learning as an alternative

Universities started offering distance learning options. Then, in the 1960s, the Open University took the idea further and offered a reputable alternative to traditional learning methods.

The internet transformed distance learning, making it cheaper and faster. The first online course started in 1984. The pandemic in 2020 caused school closure, which meant more students had the opportunity to turn to distance learning.


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Distance learning benefits

  • Distance learning is often cheaper than traditional learning methods. Many of the resources are free, while other courses offer great value for money.
  • It allows for a diverse learning atmosphere and experience, offering opportunities to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds worldwide.
  • It's flexible. You can create your own learning schedule to fit around your other needs.


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World distance learning day activities

  • Sign up for a course that aligns with your interests. For example, learn to code via Codecademy, or learn a language via Duolingo.
  • Collaborate with others on a peer-to-peer learning platform, such as Brainly, which helps people find answers to questions or acts as a homework help resource for students.
  • Post about your distance learning experience, whether it is to recommend a useful tool or to discuss a course that you completed.


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Distance learning tools

  • Brainly is the world's largest online learning community where students can connect with subject matter experts.
  • Duolingo is a highly rated language learning website and app to help you learn a second language.
  • Codecademy is an interactive online platform that offers free classes in 12 different programming languages.
  • Open Culture is packed with valuable learning resources, such as online courses, audiobooks, ebooks, and movies.
  • LinkedIn Learning offers video courses taught by industry experts. You can use a 30-day free trial and maybe persuade your boss to support you with a subscription. 


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