Choosing the Right University

When choosing an education program most people will select an institution based on recommendations by friends and family, the reputation of university, the topic/subject of study, price and payment mechanism (including funding state) but also based on facilities and services of the institute. The latter is important as these two positively influence the possibilities for successful completion of your study to choose.

Distance and e-learning programs are becoming more and more vital in the world of higher education. Through the use of new technological resources, online learning programs make it possible for more people in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and around the globe to reach their educational goals.

Students should also know how to recognize and avoid "Diploma Mills" and "Accreditation Mills," which can be harmful to a student's educational journey and make it difficult for a student to reach his or her career goals.

Students, parents, educators, and all people interested in e-learning programs should know the facts about accreditation.

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Degrees in the UK are generally shorter than many other countries, helping to reduce tuition fees and accommodation costs and the quality of UK education is recognised by employers, universities and governments worldwide.

General barriers to education

Moreover, you need to be aware of the barriers to education, imposed by educational system itself, and in the wider economy and society that hinders your participation and success rate. At a society and institutional level an educational filter may arise, for example those caused by the inability of certain disadvantaged groups to enroll or to remain at school because of language, gender or the poverty or isolation of the community. Or the way the formal education system selects through examinations - although it may be formally accessible to all, relatively few are expected to complete all its stages.

Specific and personal barriers to education

You need to include the (perceived) barriers of your personal learning situation. They may arise from one's situation at a given time (e.g., lack of money - the cost of studying, lack of time, for example, because of job and home responsibilities, lack of transport to study venue), your attitudes and self-perceptions as a learner (e.g., feeling 'too old' to learn, lack of confidence because of 'poor' previous educational achievements) and institutional practices and procedures that exclude or discourage certain groups from participating in activities (e.g., inconvenient schedules or locations for programmes, lack of relevant or appropriate programmes, the emphasis on full-time study in many institutions).

Overcoming these barriers

Open and distance learning (ODL) helps you to overcome these barriers. Most distance teaching universities are open to all people, have entry requirements and you can study at your pace and in your own place.

Critical success factors for your studies

Next, your success of participation in educational programs will also depend on a) the relevance and design of the courses and programs, b) family support and support by institution (both organisational and technical) and c) personal factors as self-efficiency, autonomy and study skills.

If you would like learn about these distinct success factors, these are further articles you may want to have a closer look at: The facilities and services distance teaching institutions may offer to support you, are described in a separate article. To succeed in a open and distance learning study, the following skills are essential: language skills, time management, and information literacy