7 Myths about Online Education
Posted Wednesday, Jan 19, 2011 by
Thinking about going to an online college? Still unsure about how online learning works, how long it will take to graduate or the value of an online degree?
You’re not alone.
More people are learning online than ever before. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (November 2010), online-only course enrollments in higher education will have climbed from 0.78 million in 2000 to a projected 3.97 million in 2014.
Even so, many myths still surround online education.
The 7 Deadly Myths
Here are seven of the most popular misconceptions about online college, as well as the facts:
Myth No. 1: Online college programs are easier than those at traditional schools. All college programs vary from school to school. A business program at Harvard is not the same as one at a small state college school. But if the online degree program you’re taking is from the online division of an established college or university, be it public or private, it will likely be no different than the program offered at the ground campus.
Myth No. 2: Degrees from an online college are not as valuable as those from a ground school. With more and more people getting their degrees online, employers are becoming more accepting of degrees from online schools. Also, in most cases, diplomas from online divisions of ground schools don’t distinguish online graduates from those from their ground campuses. So online-vs-ground may not even become an issue.
Myth No. 3: Credits from online colleges don’t transfer to other schools. The only factors that govern the transfer of credits are, (1) the accreditation of the issuing school, and (2) whether or not the school to which you’re transferring chooses to accept those credits. This is true for all colleges and universities, whether ground or online.
Myth No. 4: You don’t get any student-teacher interaction at an online college. Today, at most traditional colleges and universities it’s not uncommon for lecture halls to accommodate 200 to 400 students at a time. Individual teacher-student interaction is virtually nil. (When student-instructor interaction does occur, it’s usually with teaching assistants, not full professors.) Many online colleges and universities take special measures to allow students to speak directly with their instructors through e-mail, online chat or video chat.
Myth No. 5: You don’t get to meet or interact with fellow students at an online school. Again, most of today’s online colleges and universities make special efforts to help their students become part of a virtual community. This can involve providing school-based e-mail accounts, facilitating the formation of online study groups and providing dedicated online chat and/or instant messaging platforms.
Myth No. 6: You have to be a computer expert to succeed at an online school. It’s true you must have some familiarity with computers to take classes online. How much? About as much as it took to find and read this article. If you can handle web searches and e-mail, you can probably handle the technical requirements of earning an online degree.
Myth No. 7: Online schools are only for people who can’t make it into traditional colleges. If an online college is a division of an established brick-and-mortar institution, the entrance requirements will likely be identical. Beyond that, there are many types of people who choose to go to school online rather than attend ground campuses. These include people who already have jobs and want a degree to help further their careers; men and women who have families and/or household responsibilities that prevent them from going to college during normal weekday class times; servicemen and women who want to earn degrees while in the military (and who may be stationed overseas); and people who don’t live near campuses with the programs they want to take.
Everest University Is Available Online
Are you someone who could benefit from a degree but just don’t have the time or opportunity to go to a traditional school? Online degree programs are available now from Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. For more information on programs, schedules, accreditation and costs, contact Everest University Online today! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.