Many new students are not 100 percent sure what to expect when they begin taking classes online. After speaking with several of them, we have found that many of them share some misconceptions about online learning:
- Online courses are easier than traditional classroom courses. The truth is, online courses feature the same curriculum as campus-based courses. They require the same amount of time and effort as a traditional classroom course.
- I won’t get individual attention from my instructor. This could not be further from the truth. In online courses, your instructor will participate in your classroom discussions and give feedback for each homework submission, just as she would in a traditional classroom.
- I won’t get to know my classmates. Many students are surprised to find that they get to know their classmates quickly by interacting in discussions. Similarly to a campus-based school, online students that share the same major often progress through the same courses, building lasting friendships.
Furthermore, many student groups allow you to network with students that share your interests. Visit the Campus Common to see what groups you might like to take part in.
- Online degrees don’t carry the respect of traditional college degrees. Because the online curriculum is the same that you would learn in the campus-based school and shares the same prestigious accreditation, the only difference is the delivery method.
In fact, online degrees are more accepted and respected than ever, and more and more students are choosing to pursue their degrees online due to the flexibility of the format.
- Instructors that teach online are not as qualified. We have very high standards for the facilitators that represent our university. In fact, every instructor that will teach you has, at the very least, a master’s degree and several years of work experience in his field. We also require all facilitators to complete training that equips them with the skills and knowledge to support the success of students in the online learning environment.
- I won’t have access to help when I need it. If you ever find yourself in need of help, there are many resources available to you, such as individual feedback from your professor, guidance from your academic counselor, online tutoring services and a whole host of other resources available to you in the Campus Common.