Want to take the step to learn in the distance learning mode, but hesitant about some stories you’ve heard through the grapevine?  Read on. I have addressed some misconceptions that distance learning has been labelled with over the years.

# Distance learning is easy

Don’t be fooled by believing that distance learning is easy because you only have to submit assignments and write an exam.  On the contrary; to study in the distance learning mode can be a difficult task. It’s on you to make deadlines, read supplemental material and watch lectures.  You learn the same amount of content as from an in-person class. Most of all you need self-discipline, responsibility and commitment.

# Distance learning is expensive

For some reason, people think studying in distance learning is expensive. Learning online is often the least expensive for several reasons.  To name a few – you don’t need to travel or rent accommodation. Food and drink expenditures is a lot less and course material is included in your study fee.  This makes it a very attractive option, if you still have doubts.

# Distance learning needs complicated technology

The whole idea is to be user-friendly.  Courses are designed to be understandable and easily accessible with video clips of lessons.  All you basically will need is a computer with internet access. Adding to that, there are 65 learner support centres across the country where you can have contact sessions with your lecturer.

# Distance learning is lonely

Linked to the above aspect, support is only a click away.  Lecturers are in constant contact with students by sending out weekly emails and updates.  eFundi is North-West University’s learning management system. In simpler terms; it is a communication platform that connects students and lecturers while providing important course resources.  Through these platforms, students can reach out if they have any questions regarding the coursework.

# Distance learning is open for cheating

At North-West University students are expected to be honest and produce work without any help.  In addition, NWU holds students to high standards of academic integrity and does not tolerate plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Severe action will be taken against any student who violates university academic regulations. Remember, you’re here to learn – so don’t cheat yourself out of your own education.

North-West University is the second largest university in South Africa with more than 70 000 students.  You too can be part of this exclusive and vibrant university. To find out more go to our website or click on the link: http://ow.ly/CAqC30kk85O and complete the form.  One of our marketers will contact you for assistance.

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