Misconceptions About Online Learning

Online learning provides a perfect solution for many people who wish to go back to school, learn a new skill or complete a qualification who just don’t have the time or the resources to attend a college or a school.

Distance learning is nothing new but since the arrival of the internet online learning has continued to provide for those who wish to be self-sufficient and learn through this approach.

Despite the clear benefits of online learning there are still many who have misconceptions about the way in which these courses operate, misconceptions which we wish to dispel. 

1. It is easier than going to school 

Many people genuinely believe that the workload is easier when you learn online than if you were to attend a school, in truth it is significantly harder to learn online than to attend a school or college and learn in that way.

When you learn things online you have to be self sufficient, you have to manage your own time, you have to digest and analyse the literature on your own and you do not have a tutor or teacher on hand who you can ask for support every step of the way.

Beyond everything else, those who learn online are also juggling jobs and family commitments making their courses much harder than most of those who attend college or university. 

2. Limited course range 

It is true that in the early years of distance learning that there were limitations in terms of the range of courses which students had to choose from.

In the current day however the range of courses is enormous and covers everything that a brick university could possibly offer.

From horticulture courses to engineering degrees and everything in between, online learning offers you the chance to learn about anything that you could possibly dream of. 

3. Less thought of qualifications 

 Another common myth about those who study online is that their qualification is somehow not as widely respected as those who have earned one through the traditional route.

Once again this is wholly false and the qualification earned, regardless of the method by which it has been earned, is respected exactly the same by employers.

If you have earned a degree then that is what you have earned, no matter where or how you got it.

4. Less study time

The final myth which we will dispel here is that those studying online study for less time than those who attend a college or university.

Once again we see here that the actual truth is the opposite of what people believe and those who learn online actually have to invest more time in their learning than those who attend an educational institute.

Admittedly the difference isn’t much, but nonetheless there is a difference in the number of hours which an online learner must commit to their studies in comparison to those who attend their courses. 

Let’s hope that this has cleared up some of the most common misconceptions around this type of learning.