4 Popular Myths About Online Courses That You Should Know About



It is a common problem that when people don’t know a certain concept, they start attaching myths to it. They believe it is an only way to restrict others to the old norms and traditions.

Similarly, followers of traditional education have attached myths to the online courses. Let’s look at some of them:

Online Education is Really Easy

People have this myth that online education is really easy. They think it is easier to earn a degree by sitting at home rather than by being in a brick-and-mortar setting of school. Lynn Atanasoff, a career counselor at Pennsylvania State University—World Campus says, earning a degree online is not easy but different.

Though students have a luxury of studying in a comfortable environment, but it, too, has some challenges. Lynn further says,

“At reputable institutions, students have to complete the same material as in-person, except they also have to really manage their time because online no one is reminding them when assignments or projects are due.””

Director of the Center for Distance and eLearning at Southwestern Oklahoma State University agrees with Lynn and says,

“Online courses require more self-direction than a traditional course where face-to-face instructors are available,”

Online Education has Lower Quality

It is a again a myth that online education has lower quality. Grant says that the online courses offered by her institution have to go through a rigorous process of certification to make sure that they maintain the same academic standards as other online courses. Online courses are of the same quality as the traditional courses; in fact, most of them are better than the traditional ones. RaminSedehi, the director of Higher Education Consulting at the Berkeley Research Group says,

“It requires the teachers to communicate differently. Some teachers suggest it forces them to think about effectiveness and engagement far more actively and makes them better teachers.”

Online Credits Will Not Transfer to Another School

Some students experience issues while transferring credits to another school whether they complete their course on campus or online.  Professor Michael Bitter, chairman of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy at Stetson University also acknowledges this fact. He says,

“You sometimes see transfer ability issues with certain for-profit institutions or with certain types of courses/programs.””

Bitter further says that there is no way through which an institution can find out whether a course that is being considered for transfer credit was taken online or in a campus setting. However, it is not as harder as it seems to transfer the credits.

Cheating is a Common Phenomenon in Online Courses

Another myth attached to the online courses is that they encourage the phenomenon of cheating as an online instructor cannot monitor the activities of a student. Dani Babb, an online instructor and founder and CEO of The Babb Group refutes this myth by saying,

“Since online professors have tools to help them spot plagiarism, in some ways we have more defenses against this than traditional education where a student hands in a paper.”

There are many softwares that spot plagiarism within a second; and many programs where students are asked to use a webcam while solving a question paper. Some online courses even ask students to complete their exam at another physical location. In short, it is not possible to cheat during an online course.

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