Distance Learning Strategies for the Quintessential Student If you are able to plan in advance, your distance education course can offer a range of benefits that a full-time course offers in addition to offering you the convenience and comfort of pursuing it at your own time. Here are some basic strategies that you need to employ while you are enrolled with a distance education college in India – 1. Identify a Goal or a Purpose Before you start pursuing any one of the distance education courses, you must first be determined to successfully complete it. You must start by browsing through the material provided and then divide the assignments and lessons into parts that can be easily achieved and managed by you without compromising on the university deadlines and also balancing the demands of your ongoing projects in the form of a job or other commitments. 2. Create a Schedule Create a calendar where you can mark significant dates. This schedule will help you develop selfdiscipline and allow you to contribute to the course without any delays. Identify the time of the day when you are able to study the best, and do not deter from taking breaks if you feel like it. Most importantly, follow your own speed of learning. Do not hurry through your curriculum, since it is more important that you are able to develop the necessary skills and acquire the knowledge rather than receive a degree certificate. 3. Minimize Interruptions – Many times, employers and family members tend not to value the benefits of a distance education. Make sure you inform people about the program and its value to you in your career, so that they respect your schedule and are more accommodating to your needs. In addition to this, make the most of your learning experience by joining a study group, identify a study style and use it in your work. Most importantly, feel free to ask questions so that you are able to optimize your academic endeavor. SMU-DE has created a powerful model for teaching and learning. Our University provides distance education to hundreds of students across the country, pursuing graduate and post-graduate programmes across several disciplines. We are committed to continually improving the quality of our distance education programmes and providing a learning experience and quality of instruction that will eventually be superior to traditional campus based programmes. Our distance learning experience blends flexibility and convenience from the learner’s perspective with academic rigour. We call this learning experience “The SMU-DE Way”. The SMU-DE Way is learner centric and puts the student at the core of an experience that combines four distinct learning delivery systems:
1. Self Learning: High-quality self-learning material made available to the student in printed books and in a digital format made available online. 2. Counseling at Authorised Centres (ACs): Face-to-Face instruction at our ACs located across the country. 3. EduNxt: Manipal Education has launched the next generation learning system - EduNxt - a new technology infused Learning System that will transform Distributed Learning in India. Affordable and easy to use, EduNxt enables a collaborative and interactive environment for learning and includes small group mentoring, virtual classrooms, simulation and other interactive content, self-study content, recorded presentations and shared browsing. This innovation from Manipal Education thus shifts the education paradigm from ‘facultycentric’ to ‘learner-centric’. EduNxt empowers students with anywhere, anytime access. Students will now experience a ‘portable campus’, ‘carry along mentors’ and will have access to over one million online books and journals – all at their fingertips.