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5 Myths about Online Classes

5 Myths about Online Classes


The option to take a class online is a somewhat new idea. As a result, there are a lot of opinions regarding the quality of this kind of education. Some believe that classroom teaching is the only way to provide adequate socialization, group learning and teamwork skills.

It’s no wonder that students aren’t sure what to believe. Check out these myths about online courses so you can make the best decision for your future.

Online Courses Are for Lazy People

Yes, some students will sign up for an online course just so they can stay in bed one more hour. An online class lets you go to class in your pajamas. But there are many reasons why students may take an online class.

Some students take online classes because of their work schedule. Some have personal obligations; for example, a stay-at-home parent might need to be home for their children. Other students might want to experience a class in the peace and quiet of their own apartment.

Online Courses Are Easier/Harder than Regular Courses

It’s important to remember that online courses, just like traditional classes, have varying degrees of difficulty. These factors depend on your college, your professor, your knowledge and your ability to learn new information.

Online classes are good for students who are self-directed and motivated to complete assignments on time. Students who lack discipline will not perform well in an online class.

Most Online Classes are Offered by For-Profit Colleges

According to the Babson Survey Research Group, 5.8 million students took at least one online class in fall 2014, and about half took all their classes online. 72.7% of undergraduate students taking online classes were at public colleges.

Online Courses Aren’t as Good

If the course is something you know very little about and you like to have in-person access to your professor, then online courses are not for you. If, however, you are familiar with the subject and enjoy being left alone, then you should give it a try! It all comes down to your comfort level with the course and how you like to learn.

Employers Dislike Online Degrees

A 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 55% of employers said the source of a job seeker’s degree would not matter. Plus, 79% of employers said they hired someone with an online degree in the last 12 months. Still, about half had negative feelings about the quality of an online degree.

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