5 Common Online Learning Myths Debunked

The number of students flocking to online learning continues to rise. According to a 2015 study conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group, more than one in four students (28%) take at least one online course. Yet, while it’s growing in popularity, it still falls victim to myths and misconceptions from skeptics.

In order to set the record straight, we’ve taken the time to debunk five of the most common myths.

Myth #1: All online classes are the same.

In the early days, online courses were primarily text. However, today’s online classes include an abundance of interactive features as well as eye-catching graphics, animations and simulations that engage students and enhance learning.

At Corexcel, our Anatomy and Physiology online class incorporates interactive games, self-study tools and animations that bring core concepts to life. The course provides engaging visuals for students that reinforce learning while creating a more interesting online experience.

Myth #2: Employers aren’t in favor of online courses.

Students worry that future employers will overlook them or discount the value of their coursework if they have taken courses online. While it’s at the employer’s discretion, a large number of employers view online learning on a par with traditional classroom courses.

Online learning can be an indicator of self-discipline and self-motivation, both of which are very attractive to employers, especially when the candidate has juggled multiple commitments while continuing their education.

Myth #3: Online courses are easy.

Some believe that taking an online course will be easier than taking a traditional course. However, an online class requires the same rigor and expectations as a traditional class, sometimes more. Remember, education is challenging, regardless of the method of learning.

Students assume that since an online course is more convenient and flexible for their schedules, the course material will be easier to complete. In an online learning environment, the advantage of flexibility is offset by the need for a different set of study skills and greater self-motivation to be successful.

Myth #4: You have to be a tech guru to take online courses.

Yes, online courses require a good portion of time spent on the computer, but you don’t need to have a technology background to succeed.

Over the last few years, platforms for many online classes have significantly improved user interfaces. Online textbooks are engaging and easy to navigate, some with page flip features and self-paced interaction. Others have easily accessible tools like online glossaries and instant study flashcards. FAQ sections are also popular inclusions to ease the online learning experience.

Myth #5: Credits will not transfer.

Occasionally, students need a single course to meet a prerequisite prior to enrolling in a school full-time. Online courses are a great alternative, but many hesitate to take an online course because they fear it won’t transfer. Many colleges will only transfer credits for courses taken at a regionally accredited institution.

For example, Corexcel has partnered with ITCAP to provide college credits for students who need them. ITCAP partners with a regionally accredited college to help Corexcel offer college credit that is typically transferable.

Even with a regionally accredited school, course transfer is never guaranteed. To be sure, check with your school before enrolling to make sure that credits will transfer.

Now that you know the facts, it’s time to consider online learning as an educational option!

4 Interactive Tools to Support Medical Terminology Learning

Because study habits vary from student to student, with an online course it often can take a period of trial and error to discover what type of studying works best for you.

Here at Corexcel, our Medical Terminology online class features a variety of interactive tools to enhance your studying and help individual styles of learners complete the course successfully. Below are a few of these features:

Audio Playback

Medical terminology is the universal language within the healthcare industry. It’s the standard form of communication between   all levels of medical professionals, from doctors and nurses to medical coders and billers.

With the audio playback feature, you can highlight specific text to be read back to you to help you become familiar with the pronunciation of key medical terminology. Correct pronunciation avoids errors and confusion, and can assist you with becoming an effective communicator within your profession.

Digital Flashcards

For many students, flashcards are considered a “go-to” study method. Although effective, creating flashcards can be a timely endeavor. Pre-made digital flashcards reduce time spent hand writing individual flashcards while increasing available study time.

Digital flashcards within our medical terminology course are grouped by chapter. Each card displays a vital term with its corresponding definition on the flip side. The cards also can serve as a study outline, putting an emphasis on what content you should focus on in each chapter.

Digital Glossary

Throughout the online course, you’ll come across hundreds of terms as you progress. Having a digital glossary as you work through your lessons keeps important information at your fingertips. Definitions and detailed information are instantly available as you study.

Time previously spent flipping through countless pages of a hard copy glossary helps you keep the pace and focus as you learn.

Self-Paced Format

To some, a medical terminology course may seem overwhelming – numerous definitions, countless medical abbreviations, etc. However, a self-paced course enables you to take your time to truly grasp each concept.

You have the flexibility to complete the course in both the manner and time frame that best suits you. You can even bounce around from chapter to chapter and take the tests when you determine you are comfortable with the material.

On the other hand, if you’re in need of credits or a refresher for an upcoming job promotion or new opportunity, you can adapt your schedule to solely focus on the material to complete the course within a shortened time frame.