I loved my online learning experience. I was initially drawn to online learning because I needed the flexibility and convenience. I was working full time with one young child at the time and eventually loved the experience so much that I continued my schooling well into the time I was having my second child. A deployed husband, two children and a full time job meant one thing; an online program was my only option.
I didn't think at the time that online learning would be socially fulfilling. I have made friends, the same way you would do so in a traditional school. I had great interactions with my professors; all in all I found that the online courses were just as good or better an experience than I had with other campus programs. Don't let the myths about online learning programs prevent you from making a great decision.
Online courses continue to grow as an option for many to return to school or obtain career training. More than 6.7 million students are turning to distance learning as a convenient, cost-effective way to earn a degree and sharpen their skills. But some myths and questions about the quality and value of an online education persist. Will studying online really give you a good education? Could it help you get a job?
Myth #1: Online Courses Are Not Accepted by Employers
According to a 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 79% of employers said they hired someone with an online degree or training. Employers can benefit from online programs because they gain a more skilled workforce, and their employees do not have to leave work to pursue a higher education.
Myth #2: Good Professors Don’t Want to Teach Online
Brick-and-mortar schools which also offer distance learning programs use the same curriculum and admissions standards whether a student is learning online or not. When a school issues degrees or transcripts, it does not specify whether the courses were taken online or on campus, because they are the same courses. Schools that are accredited are expected to adhere to certain education standards.
Myth #3: Online Classes Are Easier
As more students take online classes, the demand for improved quality has increased. According to the Department of Education, there are 77% of academic leaders who said learning results in online courses were equal to or superior to traditional courses.
Myth #4: Respected Schools Don’t Offer Online Courses
More than 64% of traditional colleges offer online programs, according to onlinelearningsurvey.com. There are also some very well-known and prestigious colleges and universities that offer distance learning courses such as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses.
Myth #5: Online Courses Are For Anti-Social People
Many online classes are held via webcams and chat rooms, enabling students to listen to course lectures by instructors and interact with other students. According to the Department of Education, more than 60% of online students choose distance learning programs to either accommodate their work schedule or for the convenience factor.
By: Angela Caban