More Swedish people want to take distant learning programs


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Thursday, 14 July 2011
A record number of Swedish people applied to study for the forth coming fall courses, latest information show. But the pattern is like never before with more choosing to apply for distant study courses than before.

According to the Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services, VHS, a clear trend shown in the pattern of the applications is that more people are choosing distance learning programs according to number of those admitted to the fall programs at the country's colleges and universities.


The number of applications on the whole for the fall has been a record number, and according to the education Agency, it is clear that more people are choosing distance learning.

“The easy way to acquire new knowledge, as it often is independent of time and space. One can conduct studies on their own and need not be on campus,” says Annika Pont´┐Żn, director of analytical department of the National Agency for higher education.

Compare with ten years ago, the number of students taking distance learning courses has increased from 36,000 per academic year to 134 000.

Today every fifth student is pursing only distant academic programs. There are no fewer than 4000 distance education courses to choose from this autumn, which is twice as many as a year ago and four times as many as two years ago.

The disadvantages of distant education would be that the grades to courses here would be weaker than those in class rooms and there would be weaker interaction between the various forces that make the educational experience a whole some one such as  work, contact, explicit and implicit educational interaction. 
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