Common Misconceptions about Online Learning
Online learning is something that has received much criticism by sceptics who are supportive of conventional methods of education. This is due to the comfort that adherence to these methods offer to supporters.
Here are common misconceptions about online learning (also referred to as e-learning):
1. Online Learning is Easy
Most feel online learning is much easier than going to a school. This is far from the truth. I mean, sure, you don’t have a teacher instructing you on what to do and there’s no classroom in which to sit and take tests but a 3-hour credit class can last for 15 hours in a week.
2. Instructors who Teach Online are Not Very Qualified
There are high standards that online instructors are expected to meet, before they are hired for their services. Instructors are required to have a master’s degree and work experience, at the very least.
3. No One Goes for Online Learning
Online learning has actually gained much traction and popularity over the past few years. Many students are going for this method of learning because it allows them to balance their work lives with their education.
4. There are No Deadlines
Sorry to burst your bubble but students have a narrower window with online learning! One needs to be disciplined and good at time management because you’re expected to submit assignments, tests and exams, on time.
This can also be an issue for students living in different time zones. Though it’s possible to work out an arrangement of sort, you are not allowed to slack on your work. Your teachers have a lot on their plates and would want you to respect their schedules, too. You have to be punctual and regular with your work.
5. Group Sessions with Your Classmates
Another fallacy. Students can always interact in online discussions and forums. Social media and online forums have made the world a smaller place by enabling different people, from various parts of the world, to come together to achieve a goal- be that education or for general chit chat and conversations.
6. All you Need is Your Very Own Computer
Yes, owning a computer is beneficial because you get to control the material and losing books and assignments is not an issue. However, availability of efficient and fast internet can pose a threat to students.
Libraries and cafés are good option for those of you who own laptops. Study at such places off-hours so you can get more work done, in a shorter time span.
7. Employers Give Preference to Traditional Programs
Technological advancements have had a major impact on the job market. Nowadays, employers are more flexible and open to giving all sorts of people a shot. Having said that, there are always employers who consider online programs to be more prestigious or valuable. Likewise, there are those who would consider an online degree to be equivalent to a traditional one.
Does that mean you have no chance of being hired by any employer or company? Not at all. Every company has its preference, regardless of the kind of program you opt for.