What do Employers Think of ODL?
Studying online requires real commitment and an independent spirit. Employers are quick to recognise these values in those who are determined enough to advance through open distance learning.
Open distance learners tend to be motivated self-starters with the ability to follow-through assignments to completion and to adapt to dynamic environments. They thrive on challenges. They are also goal-oriented individuals who see education as an ongoing, lifelong process, both online and at the workplace.
Employers know that these learners can perform effectively in any environment that requires multi-tasking and setting priorities. That is because the majority of these learners are working adults who have successfully juggled their careers, their studies, and their family responsibilities. They know how to prioritise their tasks.
Not surprisingly, research indicates that open distance learners are open-minded, flexible about workplace demands, and willing to adapt to tomorrow's technology. (Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 November 1999)