Understandably, potential students are a little apprehensive about taking their degree or diploma courses through the internet. In today’s age of technology, it shouldn’t be an issue, but there are still misconceptions in society that might hamper the decision to study online or at a physical campus.
Most likely, students graduating from high school now are more eager to enroll in computer driven courses, because they have already been doing some of their studies in that fashion. And while, many other individuals are up to speed with technology, if they are older and don’t really understand online studies are serious, they might persuade the student from enrolling.
Since misconceptions abound, here are five myths about internet studies and why they are simply not true.
#1 Courses Are Easy
While many people have heard about degree and diploma mills, where no-one actually does any work, they just get the diploma for a fee, this is not the norm. Real online colleges and universities have very difficult workloads that are comparable to the physical classes. In fact, because most of the well-known universities are offering some of their curricula through online methods, they are not going to risk ruining their reputations by making the internet courses easier. This “courses are too easy” falsehood comes from people not understanding, and taking what they hear in the news as face value for the whole industry.
#2 Unqualified Staff
Again, educational facilities have something to lose by not providing adequate and competent staff. And for the most part, the professors that teach a course at the physical campus, often are the same instructors responsible for the online courses, too. It just doesn’t make sense to hire unqualified staff when the real ones are right there already conducting classes in their areas of expertise. Plus, at the university level, many professors have assistants, that are students well-versed in the topics, themselves. They may also help out with the online tutorials and support.
#3 Easy To Ignore
It’s odd but a lot of potential students think that because they are online, they are invisible and won’t get the help they need in a timely manner. Again, this is inaccurate information. What usually happens with the better schools is that there is a time slot for asking questions and seeking assistance. This works the same as at a campus where the instructor or professor has office hours for students. Rest assured, the same feature or privilege will apply to online students. Not only will it be available, but communicating may be a required part of the end grade.
#4 Credits Not Transferable
Depending on where you study and whether or not another institute has a similar program or course, in many instances, you will be permitted to transfer course credits if you change schools. The truth is that for the most part, if a school offers both on-campus and online studies, the facility to where students want to transfer credits would have no clue whether the grades were received from on-site or online. The colleges and universities do not differentiate on report cards, as to how the student was educated, since the fact is irrelevant.
#5 Degree Diminished By Cheating
Studies have conclusively shown that it is not any easier to cheat while taking an online course than an on-site course. The reason for this is tests are usually scheduled to be taken at a physical building with a proctor in attendance, or by web cam where the student is being watched. Also, there is a side of people that believe online students take the courses simply so that they can cheat. In reality, that is not a reason for enrolling. Most students, whether online or on-site, study to achieve their goals and improve their lives.
If you are not yet convinced that these myths are unfounded, have a listen to the statement from the VP at Concordia University.