10 Myths About Online Distance Learning
More and more people are earning certificates or degrees through online distance learning courses. However, many graduates may be concerned that future employers or other academic institutions may not accept the degree or that they may be scammed by fake organizations. Although there are online scams for distance learning, there are also many legitimate schools that are reputable. With so many myths surrounding obtaining an online degree, here are 10 that have been proven to be false:
1. The workforce does not accept online degrees
Although an online degree may be completely legitimate, it may still take some effort convincing future employers that it is not some random program found on the internet offered by potential scam organizations. It is well worth the time to research into whether or not a legitimate organization has accredited the program you are interested in. This is especially true if you are concerned with how well your degree will be accepted by future employers because no one wants to waste time and money on a worthless degree.
You may find it also worth your time to look into a program that is both offered by an institution as being available online and at campus. You will often discover that the degrees earned for both the online and campus program are exactly the same.
2. Online degrees and certificates are not accredited
It is extremely important to ensure that an accrediting organization recognizes the program you are enrolling in. If you do not take the time to do as such, then you may find yourself earning an education that will not be accepted by other academic institutions or future employers. You may even accidentally find yourself scammed if you are not careful with your researching because they can have a fake certificate of approval.
If you are concerned about the legitimacy of a particular online organization for distance learning, then you should call the school and inquire which accrediting organization has granted them approval. You should also become aware if the program may only be respected and accredited regionally since this can affect future academic or professional plans.
3. Online distance learning is too expensive
You may find that academic institutions offering both online and campus degrees will actually have the programs priced equally, with the exception of a possible technology fee for online programs. Although you may not believe that you are saving money by selecting an online distance learning program, you actually will be. You will be saving money on transportation, room and board, and food.
If you spend the time researching into different schools and what online programs they offer, you may find some programs to be cheaper than others. If your quest is to find a cheaper program, you may not want to sacrifice too much because if you get a degree from a cheaper school with much less recognition or prestige, then your degree may also be worthless to potential employers and clients.
4. Only low-budget organizations award certificates and degrees
Although there are many low-budget organizations that may not be accredited awarding online certificates and degrees, there are also many very reputable academic institutions that do the same. Many brick and mortar institutions that are respected and maintain high academic rankings offer online programs as well, which may give you an edge in your chosen academic and career path.
5. Online programs are less personal
If you are someone who prefers face-to-fact contact with peers and professors, then taking an online program may not be best for you. However, many online programs from accredited academic institutions try to encourage students to become active with the learning community through message boards, video and audio conferences, live chat and e-mail.
6. It is easier to earn an online certificate or degree than traditional
The coursework and its difficulty often depends on the subject selected and the school you have enrolled in. However, many academic institutions ensure that their online and campus programs have the same coursework so that they can uphold their reputation for producing high-quality work no matter what academic option is selected. If you are enrolling in an online program because you think it will be a breeze, you may be mistaken.
7. Credits earned online don't transfer
If you want to ensure that you will not waste time taking classes again that you have already completed, then it is crucial to research into a program's transfer policy. If you can use the credits already earned, you will be able to focus on other courses that are required for your subject area. Always ensure that your online credits can transfer in case you wish to switch programs or schools at a later date.
8. All online distance learning schools are the same
Just like with traditional schools, each online school is different. There will always be those that are low-budget organizations and others that are highly prestigious. Just like when looking at enrolling with a traditional school, you must take the time to see what each online school has to offer you so that you can make an informed academic decision.
9. Online programs and courses are not supervised
When you are enrolled in an online course or program, professors will still expect you to be self-driven and able to exercise self-discipline to complete any and all of your coursework. Just like with a traditional academic environment, if you unofficially drop the course or program or fail to complete the coursework, you will not earn the degree.
10. Resources and traditional experiences are missed with online programs
Many academic institutions allow their students to have access to all the resources that they will need through a digital library system. Even if you are not able to participate in clubs or join a team, most institutions still strive to make you feel part of a greater community.
So although receiving an education online may be a daunting thought, doing the proper research to prepare yourself and become knowledgeable will help guide you towards the most ideal option