April 19, 2022
Distance Learning: The Pros and Cons
One of the most important lessons for Aisling Institute and Dermacademy during the pandemic was the previously unimaginable ways that technology can serve us. Indeed, we learned that there is a time and a place for distance learning (sometimes called remote learning) and ways to use the Internet as a classroom.
While distance learning isn’t new to universities and other training institutes, it was virtually unheard of in the cosmetic arts field. Let’s dive into this new-to-us learning method:
WHAT IS DISTANCE LEARNING?
What is distance learning? Is it the same as online learning? Or “hybrid learning,” whatever that means?
At its very heart, distance learning is a simply a way of learning that involves using digital methods of communication with teachers and students. In distance learning, students do not meet in a traditional classroom. Instead, they meet “virtually” via email, Internet platforms (like Zoom or Google Meets), or educational platforms to complete coursework.
In a distance learning course, students are either expected to work at their own pace to complete coursework or login to the virtual classroom to engage with the teacher and students.
THE PROS AND CONS OF DISTANCE LEARNING
Distance learning, as with almost everything in life!) has its pros and cons. This style of learning is not for everyone, and you are the only one who can determine whether distance learning is right for you!
To assist you, we’ve broken down a few pros and cons for you to consider:
You must be self-motivated to succeed at distance learning since you’ll be using your own personal responsibility to move you forward. In the classroom, a teacher often reminds the students of assignment deadlines and reading assignments. Conversely, distance learning requires a student to manage personal time and remember important dates.
Students with intrinsic motivation and excellent organizational skills will remain disciplined throughout the entirety of the course and perform exceptionally.
Clearly distance learning offers flexibility and students can sometimes keep a job or continue their role in caring for small children while they earn their license. Distance learning can be incorporated into those scenarios, while a traditional classroom will demand specific hours of attendance, which may not mesh with everyone’s schedule.
Participation in a distance learning program requires just a computer (or tablet) of some sort and a WiFi connection. (As you know, even in person learning at Aisling requires a device since our textbooks are digital!) That leads to the rest of this “pro:” You’ll need a platform. Aisling Institute partners with Pivot Point International and Beauty as a Businesswhich are included in your fee for educational materials. (Also, our educational material kits include hard copies of all books!)
While self-motivation is often a pro in a distance learning setting, it can also be a con if the student is not suited to learn independently. As previously mentioned, this learning style requires a higher level of personal responsibility for success.
If you require a bit more formal inspiration, or if you need an classroom setting to stay motivated and engaged in your school work, distance learning may not be a good option for you.
The Internet can be one big distraction. Social media, YouTube videos, video streaming, and countless other platforms can serve as easy distractions. Since distance learning requires time online, there is a major potential for distraction; this could interfere with class performance if left unchecked.
If you are prone to distractions, distance learning may not be for you. Of course there are tools to help you to improve your focusing skill, but they often require the use of the very tools you are seeking to use in the first place (e.g. the Internet!)
Lack of Social Interaction
Are you a people person? Do you crave social interaction daily? Distance learning is devoid of in-person social interaction. The online setting of a distance learning course removes the regular social interaction of a traditional classroom. While this may not affect some people, it could give way to feelings of isolation and encourage distraction for some.
Technically, Aisling Institute’s education is “hybrid,” in that it combines some online, individual learning with traditional, in-person class meetings in an effort to offer both flexibility and accountability. This method of learning is a great option for students who enjoy some independence but still desire the tangibility of in-person learning. Hybrid learning is really the perfect medium between online and in-person learning styles.
Nevertheless, Aisling Institute feels strongly that its programs, including Mens’ Grooming, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Instructor Training are all hands-on professions that require in-person interaction to learn. For the most part, our online learning is relegated to pre-planned days with assignments and a quiz upon return to class to prove you’ve retained the information. By the time you graduate, you will have gained the hands-on training and salon experience, coupled with an understanding of interaction in the 21st century so that you can have a successful career in the beauty and grooming industry.
Call now to find out about all the ways Aisling Institute removes the obstacles that have prevented you from pursuing the career of your dreams. The time is now.