Last Updated: July 22, 2013
The option to take a class online is still a somewhat new idea! As a result, there are a lot of opinions out there regarding the quality of this kind of education. You’ve probably seen those commercials on TV with girls in their sweatpants on their beds, laptop in hand, telling you that they’re earning their degree, and it’s that easy! Put that up against the countless articles written about how classroom teaching is the only way to provide adequate socialization, group learning, and teamwork skills. It’s no wonder that as students scroll through their college catalog and learn that one of their courses is offered online, they 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, there are students who will sign up for an online course just so they can stay in bed one more hour. But that’s not all this kind of education is good for. Students who are already taking a full amount of credits, have a full time job, or are taking part in extra-curricular activities will find an online course to be a good way to help manage their schedule. Some students have personal obligations that make physically going to class at a scheduled time a bit more difficult than the average student. Other students might just want to experience a class in the peace and quiet of their own off-campus apartment! Everyone’s reasons are different, and few come down to laziness.
Online Courses Are Easier/Harder than Regular Courses
There are some who believe classes online, especially in areas such as math and science, would be too difficult. Others believe that content would have to be dumbed-down with fewer requirements to be offered online. It’s important to remember that online courses, just like traditional classes, will have different degrees of difficulty depending on your college, your professor, your knowledge, and your ability to learn new information. Changing the medium at which new information is taught will not automatically make it easier or harder than the traditional class.
Online Courses Aren’t as Good
Taking a course online could be a positive experience for your education, or it could be a negative one! It really comes down to how you learn, and what the course is in. If the course is something you know very little about, you’re someone who feeds off of others in a classroom setting, and you like to have in-person access to your professor, online courses are not for you. If however, you already know a thing or two about the subject at hand, enjoy being left alone to do your work at your own pace, and have no problem conversing with others over the computer to gain knowledge, then you might want to give it a go! It all comes down to your comfort level with the course and how you learn!
Original Post Date: August 29th, 2012