Is distance learning courses worth it? It is difficult? Check the advantages


Since EAD (Distance Learning) was regulated in Brazil, in 2008, the number of students in this teaching modality has only grown. In 2016, there were more than 3.5 million students enrolled in distance learning courses, according to Inep (National Institute of Educational Studies and Research Anísio Teixeira).

The flexibility of schedules, the convenience and the possibility of studying from anywhere are some of the main advantages of EAD. Another positive point is the cost-effectiveness: distance learning courses are usually more affordable than face-to-face modalities.


On the other hand, distance learning requires more discipline and organization from the student. In addition, it is important to consider that, although most distance learning courses are offered by institutions recognized by the MEC (Ministry of Education), there is still a considerable number of “fake” courses, which do not offer quality teaching.

In general, distance learning courses are a good option for those who want to study whenever possible, without having to travel to an educational institution. But it's important to research well before choosing a course so you don't have problems in the future.

Distance learning courses are a great option for those who cannot attend a face-to-face educational institution for reasons of time or money. However, distance courses also have their disadvantages.


  1. Cost: Distance learning courses are generally cheaper than face-to-face equivalents.
  2. Flexibility: Distance courses are designed to be flexible, allowing students to work on their own schedules.
  3. Accessibility: Distance courses are available online, which means they can be accessed by anyone, anywhere in the world.
  4. Choice: there is a wide variety of distance learning courses available, covering a wide range of topics.


  1. Isolation: Distance learning courses can leave students feeling isolated since they are not in a classroom environment with other people.
  2. Lack of interaction: Distance learning courses can also lack direct interaction with professors and other students, which can be a hindrance to learning.
  3. Lack of motivation: without a classroom environment to keep them focused, some students may struggle to stay motivated throughout the course.
  4. Learning Curves: students may face steeper learning curves in distance courses than in face-to-face courses, as they do not have access to a teacher to get help when they need it.