Welcome to the world of Distance Learning. In this video we will discuss the seven common misconceptions students have about distance learning.
1. Online classes are easier than traditional classes.
You think that an online class would be easier than the traditional course. Actually online courses are just as hard or even more challenging than traditional courses. For example, in addition to typical classroom activities like readings, test, and papers; online courses also have interactive assignments such as discussion board postings, collaborative projects, and game-based activity.
This work will be frequent, and may feel more challenging for you to accomplish, whereas face-to-face courses might meet just two times a week and require little participation. Online courses often require students to complete activities almost daily and all students will be required to contribute.
2. Online courses take less time than traditional courses.
You think it will take less time because you don’t have to sit in the classroom. The reality is that an online course can take as much or more time as a traditional course. You will be expected to check your email frequently, get all assignments done on time, discuss your questions and concerns with your instructor and classmates, and fully participate each week.
Therefore, don’t expect to succeed in an online course just by logging into the course once per week. Instead log in frequently and stay engaged to keep yourself on the right track.
3. I can work entirely at my own pace.
Flexibility is considered one of the greatest advantages of online learning, but this does not mean you can work entirely at your own pace. Online classes still have deadlines. In courses with synchronous meetings and discussions you’ll have to show up at specific times or places to participate, thus you’ll need to be a self-starter and you’ll need to manage your time well. If you can do that, then you’ll enjoy how flexible online learning can be.
4. I won’t get to know the other students very well in an online course
While you may never meet your instructors or peers in person, good online courses help you develop similar relationships to those you have in face to face courses. For instance, icebreakers and self introductions give you the opportunity to learn about each other, discussion board activities and collaborative assignment create opportunities for you to be engaged with each other in significant mutually supportive ways.
If you feel shy in the face to face classroom you may even have an easier time connecting with other students in an online class.
5. I won’t get individual attention from my professor.
This could not be further from the truth. In online courses your professors will participate in your classroom discussions, hold virtual office hours, and give feedback for each homework submission, just as they would in a traditional classroom. You will have access to help when you need it. don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Initiate a conversation with you professor and let them know when you’re having difficulties.
6. I wont learn as much in an online course.
Good online courses can accomplish the same student learning outcomes as traditional face-to-face courses with high levels of engagement.
7. Online degrees don’t carry the respect a traditional college degrees.
Because the online curriculum is the same that you would learn in campus based courses and shares the same prestigious accreditation, the only difference is that the delivery. In fact more students are choosing to pursue their degrees online due to the flexibility of the format So let’s put it all together. Here is what we’ve learned.
Online course are as hard, or more challenging, than traditional courses. Online courses take as much or more time than face to face courses. Taking an online class does not mean that you can work entirely at your own pace. You’ll have opportunities to get to know your classmates in the online learning environment. You can still get individual attention and help from your professors. You can achieve the same learning outcomes in an online class as a traditional face to face class.
Online degrees carry the respect of traditional college degrees.