Online distance learning provides education solution for Armed Forces

Increasing numbers of military personnel are turning to online distance learning, reports Kaplan Open Learning. This method of learning is the most effective way to continue with essential education while dealing with the unique daily pressures of life in the Armed Forces.

Online PR News – 30-November-2010 – – For military personnel, continuing with education is essential, not only for developing careers within the Armed Forces; it is also one of the best ways to boost employment prospects within the civilian market. The nature of life in the military with regular relocation and deployments makes it difficult for Armed Forces personnel to organise their time and complete courses to gain qualifications. This is why online distance learning is increasingly being chosen by military personnel, reports Kaplan Open Learning.

It is incredibly frustrating to make an effort to attend a course, work late to finish assignments, only to be transferred to a new location where the course cannot be completed. Unfortunately this is a scenario faced by many in the military: The churn in operational duties, which is inevitable in military life, simply is not conducive to traditional forms of learning. The reality is that it is difficult for service members to commit to long-term education.

However, UK-based Online Business Management Degree specialists Kaplan Open Learning reports that they are seeing military personnel increasingly turning to “online distance learning” as it offers them the flexibility and convenience to fit studying around their duties.

Phil McGuin, spokesperson for Kaplan Open Learning comments: “Online distance learning differs from traditional methods of studying in that it provides the flexibility of 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment.”

A Virtual Learning Environment is an integrated online learning platform that makes it so much easier for students and lecturers alike to manage education courses. By using the latest technology, learning providers like Kaplan Open Learning have created an online university degree programme that replicates a real classroom environment with a tutor and a classroom of students.

The Virtual Learning Environment offers a huge amount of flexibility for students who can “attend classes” wherever they are, even if they are on the move.

The Virtual Learning Environment enhances distance learning techniques and opens up new learning and communication opportunities for students and staff after hours, off-site and in a range of informal settings including the home, work place, or on the move.

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