Distance learning, also known as online education, has proved to be a successful method of study for the busy working professional. The advent of the online world has meant that educational courses offered by institutes all over the world are more accessible than ever before and can be studied from the comfort of your own homeâ€¦or your favourite coffee shop!
Rather than describe the long list of benefits that we believe are associated with distance learning, we took some time to interview one of our Claims Class Distance Learning Students, Sanjeevi Jayachandran, to get his views and insights as to why distance learning works for him:
1. Why did you decide to study via distance learning?
For me, distance learning offers the flexibility and convenience to use my after office time wisely. It enriches my professional knowledge whilst almost nullifying the loss of man-hours to my full-time job. I also like that I can analyse the course material in my own time and set my own pace of learning rather than have to stick to rigid deadlines.
2. What do you enjoy most about the Claims Class Distance Learning study method?
If I need to discuss something or I am struggling with a particular concept, I like that I can interact with my tutor at any time through face-to-face online discussion. I also think that the course is quite unique in that it focuses on real life case studies with less attention given to academic theory and you also learn and gain in depth knowledge of claims from the perspective of the Contractor, the Engineer and the Employer.
3. What, if any, are the challenges of distance learning study?
The biggest challenge of any distance learning course is that you have little, if any, interaction with other students and groups which can be quite useful for sharing thoughts on the case studies, sharing knowledge and general communication.*
*Claims Class recognises this challenge and is currently working on a solution for both existing and prospective students.
4. In your opinion, what are the greatest benefits of distance learning?
The biggest benefit for me is the flexible study time. Since you can study from home, you also save time, money and energy commuting to lectures, study classes, etc. The fact that you can study at your own pace is a big benefit too and the 24/7 access to study materials means that, even when studying the assignments, you can really think about the assignment and attempt to write a good response with all knowledge to hand, rather than feeling under pressure to remember everything as you would do in a normal examination situation.
Sanjeevi is currently studying Module 5 of the Claims Class Distance Learning Course and is progressing well.