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5 Myths About Online Education

Online EducationAlthough online education has been around for more than a decade, many myths and misconceptions still abound. Here are five of the most common myths about online diploma and degree programs – and the real stories behind them:

Myth #1 – Online Colleges and Universities Don’t Deliver the Same Quality Education as Traditional “Brick and Mortar” Schools.

The Real Story: The quality of any school’s program depends on the excellence of its curriculum and its teachers. Choose to get your online degree from an established ground-based college or university, and you should cover the same material in the same time as if you were in one of its traditional classrooms.

Myth #2 – Online Degrees Aren’t Recognized by Employers, and Online Credits Won’t Transfer to Other Schools.

The Real Story: To most employers, it’s the school, not how you got the degree, that’s important. In many cases, an online degree from a well-known, respected school will carry more weight than a traditional diploma from a college few people have ever heard of. As for credit transfers, that is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. Make sure the online school you’re considering is accredited (please stay away from referencing “regional” or “national” accreditation) and your chances of being able to transfer credits improves.

Myth #3 – Online Schools are Cheaper than Traditional Colleges.

The Real Story: If an online program is offered by a traditional college or university, chances are its tuition costs will be similar. (Of course, if you learn from home, you don’t have to worry about on-campus housing and food expenses!) Even online-only schools have a lot of overhead, particularly faculty expenses, so don’t expect to get any real bargains. Remember, education is like everything else: You get what you pay for!

Myth #4 – When You Get an Online Education, You Don’t Get to Interact with Teachers and Fellow Students.

The Real Story: Many online schools hold classes via Web-cams and chat rooms, and encourage or even require students to post comments, questions, etc. on online bulletin boards. Depending on the school, you may actually get more interaction online because classes may be smaller and communication more personal. (Today, traditional universities and community colleges are often overcrowded with a hundred or more students in a single lecture hall.)

Myth #5 – Getting an Online Degree is Easy; It Requires Less Effort than a Traditional School.

The Real Story: There are many advantages to learning online, but earning a degree is still no walk in the park. You have to be disciplined. You have to be focused. You have to do the assigned reading, attend the required lectures and complete your assignments – all on time and to your instructor’s satisfaction. Learning online is not for the unmotivated or those who tend to procrastinate. It can be just as challenging – and ultimately just as rewarding – as a traditional on-site education.

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Online degree programs are available now from Everest University Online. For more information on programs, schedules, accreditation and costs, contact Everest University Online today! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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