Five Myths About Online Web Learning
May 1, 2014
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While online Web learning is hardly a new form of education, countless myths about your online degree still circulate. Gone are the days when your only options were located on the back pages of a magazine. Excellent online degree programs are worth considering, and dispel the following myths about Web-based learning.
Myth #1: Employers Don't Hold Online Degrees in High Esteem.
The '90s were the first to introduce the prospect of graduating college through the Internet, but those unfamiliar with it still believe online degrees are of less value to potential employers compared to the traditional experience.
Fact: In many ways, online graduates are at an advantage in our social-network, media-driven society. Your digital media skills have a firsthand opportunity to advance and grow throughout your career in an online program. In contemporary business, employers know that networking online will most certainly elevate revenue and product recognition. Most employers also know that online degrees offer the same syllabus and examinations as an on-campus education, so there is really no difference between the two.
Myth #2: Online Learning is Isolating.
Prior to entering into an online learning program, people assume e-learning is exactly like sitting at your computer at home, surfing the Internet by yourself. At best, many compare Web learning to interactions on blogs or Facebook.
Fact: Online students quickly learn that their instructors and classmates provide support, encouragement and more insight than they thought. Through discussion boards, online communities and collaborative projects, you will regularly interact with fellow students in your virtual environment. By the end of your first eight-week course, you will have established connections with people who can become part of your professional network well after graduation.
Myth #3: There Are No Real Instructors, Only a Curriculum.
Some people think that curricula and textbook information only comes alive through dynamic, personal instruction. In order to advance in your career, the theory presented must have practical, useful value in the outside world. Your professors lead this endeavor.
Fact: Professors that interact with students in a traditional setting are the same experienced, engaging people you encounter in the online classroom. Online Web learning connects instructors and students in a real way. Teachers challenge you and are always available to respond to questions and comments.
Myth #4: Assignments, Tests and Projects are Easier Online.
Potential students may think tests over a computer are less challenging than those done in class.
Fact: Students who have taken online and on-site courses know this isn't true. You're earning college credit. With that comes the same rigorous material you'd find on campus. Therefore, the amount and difficulty of the work is just as appropriate as it is in person.
Myth #5: Online Learners Can Submit Work at their Leisure.
Throw deadlines to the wind, because they don't exist online! Again, those unfamiliar with online web learning tend to believe the work is completed casually, and without the need to submit it "in time" because nobody meets in person.
Fact: Due dates are established weekly for all required student submissions — "e-submissions," if you will — and online credits are often earned two months quicker for what is usually a semester-long program. Therefore, time management and submitting assignments when they're due is essential to keeping pace with the rest of your digital class. There is real structure in Web-based programs you will learn to highly appreciate.
Myths are, by definition, "invented ideas," and "legends that are not based in facts." If online courses are something you've been considering, investigate the facts for yourself. You have nothing to lose and a college degree to gain.
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