Benefits of Online Education: Top 5 Myths
Most major colleges and universities have included online learning modules to their degree programs. There are comprehensive undergrad and graduate programs allowing students to work on their degrees entirely from remote locations. Some majors include online education as a component of a mixed campus-remote curriculum. With acknowledged online academic excellence and employer acceptance of online degrees, it's startling to see that there are still many misconceptions about online learning.
Let's dispel the top five here:
1. Online degrees are worth less than campus degrees. Ancient history. Today's employers look at the quality of your training, the college you attended, and your job-specific skills. (A diploma does not indicate that you did your work online.) In fact, employers often pay tuition to encourage their valued employees to update their credentials through online degrees and/or certification programs.
2. There's no social interaction via an online education. Not so. Almost every online course requires emails, bulletin board participation, or chat-room collaboration among students and with faculty. Online participants build networks of student relationships that bolster life-long professional contacts as well as long-term friendships.
3. Professors won't know who you are. Oh, they certainly will. There's no jousting for limited, hour-long lecture time in an online class. No raising of hands to speak. All students are measured by the quality of their writing, their collaborative research, and their online test scores.
4. Students are isolated--stuck without resources. Hardly. Online students have outstanding, 24-hour access to online libraries, lecture notes, streamed video lectures, and contact with mentors, tutors, and instructional aides. And you won't need to be a tech freak to use the system. Colleges create easy-to-use interfaces that enable all students (including those with disabilities) to access enrollment, financial aid, online classes, labs, and email.
5. Online classes are cream puffs. Avoid that trap. Online courses are as complex and rigorous as campus-based classes. In fact, you'll need to maintain a regular schedule in attending online lectures and delivering papers or you'll fall dismally behind. Online students have to be committed to learning.
About The University of Texas at Arlington
- M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education
- Master of Science in Nursing - Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education More...
- Veterinary Assistant
- Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course
- Grooming Instruction
About Baylor University
Baylor is nationally-ranked as a research and academic institution by both U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s.
- Master of Business Administration
Work toward your graduate degree with New England College Online.
- Master of Science in Accounting - Forensic Accounting
- MS in Management/Project Management
- Master of Science in Accounting More...
- Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy
- Master of Science in Nursing - Womens Health Nurse Practitioner
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice More...
About University of North Carolina Wilmington
To meet today’s high demand for nursing professionals UNCW is offering an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program completely online.
- MSN Nurse Educator
- RN to BSN
See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online
- Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology
- Master of Science in Information Technology
- Bachelor of Arts in Accounting More...
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities.
You need to have a Bachelor’s degree to be qualified for this school.
- Executive Master of Health Administration
- Master of Public Health