Myths and Facts About Learning Online
If you are new to online learning, you may have some misconceptions or you may not be aware of some facts regarding this medium. Take a look at the following list on the myths and facts, and see how your own knowledge and experience with online measures up.
Myth: Online courses are less rigorous than on-ground courses.
Fact: Not necessarily. Online learning varies by course just like the traditional classroom, but, overall, you will probably be expected to do more writing, and you will need to participate more actively than you might have in a traditional classroom.
Myth: Instructors in an online environment are more aloof.
Fact: It depends on the instructor, but, in many cases, online instructors are extremely responsive to student contact, and you may find it even easier to initiate contact in the online environment
Myth: Online courses cost more than on-ground courses.
Fact: Tuition can be considerably higher, but you should also factor in such expenses as gas, parking, and child care that online students do not have to pay for.
Myth: It is harder to interact and make friends with your classmates online.
Fact: Not necessarily. Although an online classroom is different from a traditional classroom, you may have just as much opportunity for interaction. Once you become accustomed to interacting mainly through writing, you will find plenty of opportunities to seek out others and bond with your classmates. Online courses often have a chat room or lounge area in the course where students are encouraged to go and virtually “hang out” and interact with each other. Our experience has been that students are more communicative and self-revealing in an online environment.
Myth: Online classes fit easily into a busy schedule.
Fact: Perhaps. Online courses are more flexible, but just because you do not have go to the classroom at a certain time doesn’t mean you do not need to dedicate time to your class work.
Myth: Homework in the online environment is not the same.
Fact: Not necessarily. Actually, most of the assignments you will find online are similar, if not the same, as in a traditional classroom and consist of papers, exams, presentations, and so on.
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