Distance Learning MythsRahul Singh
There are many myths about distance learning courses. Most of them are baseless opinions. There’s very little truth in them. It is because of the fact that distance learning has come into light so quickly over the time that many people are not up to date with it hence with their limited knowledge they make such opinions.
For those who intend to pursue distance learning and are concerned about such myths, worry not. Following are the myths about distance learning with no grounding:
• Distance learning is expensive:
This point is valid to some extent. But that doesn’t mean that all quality online programs are expensive. There are also such courses which suit all interests and budgets across the globe. But if you compare it with the kinds of expenses incurred with traditional learning programs, distance learning is still a convenient option.
• Online courses have no value:
There are a plenty of distance learning courses that have accreditation, authorization and recognition in the market. They are approved by the national and international organizations of educational standards. However, there are some exceptions since there are many non-accredited online programs which are not regarded much in the job market.
Most online programs have high value and as a matter of fact in many working areas students with such degrees are preferred over traditional degrees.
• Online courses are stupid simple:
Many people think that distance learning is easy cake-walk and all they have to do is just log in for a while to show that they did watch the lecture. But in reality, different online courses differ in difficulty levels and are as demanding and rigorous as the traditional classrooms lectures.
• Online courses are for those who can’t get into good traditional courses:
Many think that distance learning courses are taken up by those who fail to get admission into good traditional colleges/universities. Ironic part is, good reputed colleges/universities offer distance learning courses as well.
• Distance learning is antisocial:
It is believed that in distance learning students lose out on the interactive and social skills which they would have otherwise acquired while learning in the traditional classroom. But this is a false myth! With the development in the technology used for distance learning there is a virtual classroom setup for students. Besides, students also have easy access to contact other students and teachers. They can easily sort their doubts and queries.
• The best tutors never choose online teaching:
As a matter of fact many teachers and professors who conduct online lectures are highly qualified and experienced who hail from good-reputed colleges/universities like Yale, Oxford, Boston Universities etc. Hence this myth is untrue since many excellent tutors also choose work in distance learning courses.
• Most online courses are scams:
It has never been a secret that there have been some fake online learning courses which existed only to defraud students. However, they represent only a tiny part of this domain. Most of the online learning courses are authorized and approved by the regional, national or international academic standards. Hence they are trustworthy and 100% legal.