online learning myths

Debunked: 8 online learning myths that need to disappear


These new online learning myths are spreading almost as fast as program creation.

5. Interaction with instructors is non-existent

Though the nature of online learning means little-to-no in-person contact, there are opportunities to exchange views and opinions via a plethora of web-oriented modes. For instance, students can communicate teachers through emails, online chat sessions, Skype, webcasts, and podcasts. Plus, there are plenty of blended learning programs students can explore.

6. Cheating is rampant in online courses

Many educators, who have extensive experience in both online and offline teaching modes, have gone on record iterating that cheating can happen in either of the two educational approaches. Also, online instructors now have more tools than ever to use for cross-checking plagiarism.

7. Employers don’t recognize online degrees

Though some employers still screen candidates based on Ivy League degrees, more are starting to realize that real skills (via ePortfolios, badges, competencies, etc.) are more important than certificates; focusing less on how candidates get those certificates. Looking to the future, new and fast-growing industries like machine learning, software development, cyber security and even digital marketing may actually prefer an online degree to a more than a traditional one.

8. Reputed schools and universities don’t have online programs

Many of today’s students feel at ease in an online environment and use technology to support their learning. Many institutions are beginning to offer an online program as a way of responding to 21st century learning needs. Institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT have already launched online courses; what’s more, many of these online courses are free. There are at least 250 Ivy League courses that students can take online at no cost.

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