Although online education has been around for such a long time, there are still many misconceptions and myths about online education programs. Failure to debunk the myths may influence your decision if you are considering pursuing your degree online. Here are the facts for the common myths you may have heard before:
Degrees obtained in online format are not as valuable as traditional degree programs.
The myth may be true during the early adoption of online education, but the double-digit growth rate over the past 20 years has shown that the online study format has grown in popularity. Proper accreditation by the accreditation agencies approved by the Ministry of Education, which guarantee the quality of education, has made the online degree no different from the traditional degree. The online degrees are widely used in the job market. What worries employers are the fake degrees issued by diploma factories. As long as your degree comes from a legitimate and properly accredited university, it doesn’t matter if you earned your degree from an online or campus university.
Online learning is easier than a traditional campus-based education
Both online and offline learning are the same in terms of courses. Many brick-and-mortar universities offer online students the same degree they offer offline, the same courses with the same total credit hours to complete the degree program. Although there are fast-track degrees that can give you a few credits with your life experience in the related field, learning online requires a significant investment of time and effort. Online learning might look easier as it gives you the flexibility and a convenient learning environment to study in the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule.
Online courses cannot be transferred to other universities.
You will have trouble transferring the courses to other colleges if you get an online degree from a non-accredited university. If you are taking online courses offered by an accredited school, you should have no problem transferring the courses to other colleges. However, crediting largely depends on the admissions office, regardless of online or offline courses. You should check the crediting option during the enrollment process.
Online tutorial means you can complete quickly.
Because of most online tutorials, you can schedule your own time that fits into your own schedule. If you have more time to accelerate your learning process, you can complete the educational program faster than the required completion time. However, if you are a busy person who has very little time to devote to your studies, it may take you longer to complete the courses. Therefore, in the self-paced online learning environment, you can decide how quickly you want to complete your courses.
Don’t just base your online or campus study decision on myths, understand the facts of each myth and decide which learning mediums suit you best.
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Thanks to Julie Havert