There has been a long-standing debate between online education versus the education that is received in traditional schools and universities. Even though traditional schools are offering online courses and enrollment rates continue to rise for online schools and universities, there are plenty of people who are still skeptical about the value of earning a degree online. While precautions should generally be taken when choosing an online school to enroll in, there are some common myths that should be debunked once and for all.
- Online schools are not as good as traditional colleges and universities. As with anything, there are always going to be things that are better than others, and with schools, it is no different. However, to say that online schools are not as good as traditional schools is simply not true. Many online schools and universities offer great degree programs, have knowledgeable professors, and offer students and professors the opportunity to interact with each other. The key is choosing the right school and program for you.
- Online courses are much easier than those taught at traditional schools. While online courses are designed to give more flexibility and allow students to work at their own pace and at their own time, that does not make them any easier than those offered at traditional universities. Online courses are set up for students to work independently and most require lengthy reading and studying. In most cases, it actually takes a very dedicated, disciplined, and hard-working student to successfully complete an online degree program.
- Employers will not hire candidates who have a degree from an online institution. Many people think that employers look down on degrees that are earned online. While employers will more than likely not hire someone who has a fake degree or one from a school that is not accredited, that doesn’t have anything to do with accredited schools that offer online degrees. In fact, an article posted on Back to College talks about how despite what most people and employers believe about online schools, they are a booming industry and quickly becoming more accepted.
- Online learning discourages student-professor relationships and student-student interaction. Just because you are not in an actual classroom for every lecture or test doesn’t mean there are not opportunities to meet and interact with professors and other students. Most online schools encourage, and even require, class discussions and interaction through online forums set up by the school. After all, lecture halls in traditional universities can hold up to 300 or 400 students, which doesn’t really seem to encourage professor-student relationships anyway.
- Online learning is only effective for certain types of people. While online degree programs will require plenty of discipline and independent work, that doesn’t mean that online learning caters specifically to the younger generation. Millions of students enroll in online courses each year, and these students consist of both males and females, and both older students with families and younger students with a full time job.
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