If before, Distance Education (EAD) faced some resistance from professionals and the market, what happens today is exactly the opposite.
Technological evolution has been transforming the learning process and distance learning has gained more and more space in the country.
In addition, the labor market demand for professionals with specialization is growing, in a scenario in which the undergraduate degree is no longer a differential. And in the area of law it is no different.
In view of this, the number of lawyers who have sought distance postgraduate programs is increasing every day due to the various benefits that the modality offers, such as greater flexibility, convenience and lower cost.
Keep reading this post and discover the benefits of EAD!
1. Flexibility of hours
This is perhaps the main benefit of distance learning. The EAD modality allows the student to set up his own routine and reconcile the moments of work, study and leisure.
This means that distance education can fit into the overloaded routine of a top executive, a lawyer or even a professor. It is also an excellent option for those professionals without a defined routine.
The benefits of EAD’s flexible hours don’t stop there.
The possibility of studying at alternative times also contributes to increased productivity, as professionals can choose the best time to study according to their performance.
2. Time optimization
Lack of time is no longer an excuse for not specializing. Distance learning implies considerable time savings.
With the possibility of studying at home or in the office, the professional saves the time it would take to travel to the Educational Institution. Not to mention the advantage of not facing traffic, rain and the like.
3. Greater convenience
In distance learning it is possible to “upload the course” wherever you want.
As the courses are available on the internet 7 days a week, for 24 hours, the student will be able to follow the classes on vacation trips, business trips or wherever they are.
4. Recognized validity
One of the reasons that used to generate distrust in relation to Distance Education was the possible non-equivalence of the course in relation to the face-to-face modality.
This scenario has been changing and, currently, non-face-to-face courses have gained more and more respect, being equated with face-to-face courses by the Ministry of Education (MEC).
To obtain this certification from the MEC, Educational Institutions are rigorously evaluated. In this process, the following are analyzed: the curriculum of the courses, the pedagogical resources, the teachers’ curriculum, the physical infrastructure, the technological resources, among others.
It is worth mentioning that, after approval by the MEC, the diploma of a Distance Education course will be considered equivalent to the diploma of an in-person course.
5. Support for queries
Distance Education is not synonymous with a lack of interaction between teachers and students. Quite the opposite.
Although the teaching-learning dynamics take place outside the physical environment of the classroom, distance learning courses have an online platform where content is made available and discussed.
This allows students to clear their doubts and make considerations about the subject studied, being able to interact with other students from different parts of the country.
And the best: unlike what happens in face-to-face teaching, you can send your question to the teacher at any time, without having to wait for the right moment of the class.
6. Better use of classes
It is quite common for a classroom to bring together students with different experiences and levels of knowledge. Added to this is the fact that each person has a learning pace.
If in the case of face-to-face teaching this difference in pace can make teaching progress difficult, in the distance learning modality this difference simply does not exist.
This is because each student will attend classes at their own pace and according to their demand, which will optimize content absorption and course completion.
Distance learning has proved to be an important factor in the inclusion of people who, for some reason, cannot travel to the Educational Institution.
This is the case, for example, of people with disabilities. Or even those who live far from urban centers.
Through EAD, these people are just a click away from institutions and quality professionals from different parts of the country.
Gone are the days when classes were limited to the exposition of content by the teacher, without the active participation of students.
The EAD modality brought a new look to the learning dynamics, enabling a more active participation of students. The learning tools of these courses allow them to interact with each other, with teachers and tutors.
Among these tools are: forums, seminars, chats, among others.
These mechanisms also contribute to developing autonomy and discipline on the part of students, making teaching stop being vertical and become more collaborative.
9. Better content fixation
With the distance learning modality, the teaching materials are available all the time, normally until a few months after the end of the course.
In this way, it is possible for the student to review the classes as many times as they want, which guarantees better absorption of the content studied.
10. Lower cost
In addition to all the advantages mentioned above, distance learning has the advantage of having a lower cost than face-to-face courses. This is because the fact that learning takes place in a virtual environment enables a greater number of students and does not require an elaborate physical infrastructure.
The student saves twice, both with the course monthly fee and with transportation, food, parking, among others.