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 and Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) for college credits. FTCC is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer credit.
Even with a regionally accredited school, course transfer is not 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!