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9 Common Myths about Online Education

Due to the pandemic, the education system has changed and online education has become more popular, especially in India. Many people around the world are choosing online education over offline or on-campus study for various reasons because in online education, students have a flexible schedule, a number of courses to opt for, and have a great learning experience.
If you are thinking of joining an online course, but you are not sure about its credibility, then read this article as we will talk about common myths about online education.

Online Courses Are Tough

An online course is similar to an offline course. The only difference is that you do not have to be physically present in the class in the online course. In short, the way of teaching may change a bit, but the course content and objectives remain the same. Online class teachers are accountable for involving their students in the class activities and discussion as well as teaching them the subject matter, just like they would in a traditional classroom set-up. Online education is neither difficult nor easy in comparison with offline education. However, the online mode can be a bit more challenging if you are not a self-motivated person or have a poor internet connection.

You Will Have To Teach Yourself

Just because you are not sitting in front of your professor in a regular classroom that does not mean that they will not be there to teach you on time. Online class teachers are responsible for teaching and engaging the students in the class. Initially, students may feel the lack of attention in online classes because no one throws chalk at them. In reality, the teacher tends to put extra effort into teaching the syllabus, explaining assignments, and explaining rules and regulations, so that you can understand everything without any hindrance.

In a supervised online forum where everyone has to engage, you will likely get a better sense of who your classmates are than in a lecture room where only a few students speak up, especially students in the front row. Online discussions can give a lot more insight into learning because everyone gets their time to research independently. There are rules and etiquette about how to communicate that you need to learn, and you are good to go.

 

You Have To Be a Tech-Savvy

We often book an Ola for our commute with a few simple taps on the screen. We share pictures and short videos with family members and friends on social media. We order food on different food delivery applications without any issues. We do not have to be tech-savvy to do any of the above tasks. We follow a few on-screen instructions, and things get sorted. These applications, similar to online teaching applications, try to make the user’s experience nice. In short, online education platforms are getting refined and becoming easy to use for students. In my opinion, age or technical knowledge should never be an excuse for anyone to quit an online course.

 

Teachers Don’t Pay Attention to an Individual

A good classroom professor and an online professor are not so different. There are so many instances when your online teacher will connect with you and ask you for your feedback. There are multiple opportunities for every student to interact with their teacher and talk about their needs and ask their doubts whenever required. Teachers usually conduct one-on-one sessions with every student once a week or month. Sometimes, they also provide their contact details, so that students can contact them if they need any personal attention.

 

Online Learning Is a One-Way Communication

I understand that video lectures are one-way instructions, but these are just part of a learning program. Online education is much more than just video lectures. There are quizzes, written study material, live group discussions, group assignments, and much more. Some online programs function like professional work settings in real life to give you prior experience on how to work in your workplace in the future.

 

There Is No Interaction with Classmates and Faculty

In an online class, you can use technology to talk to a friend across the world or collaborate with any group of people and you can also utilize it to interact with professors and classmates. Interaction is an essential part of every learning program, be it online or offline. Most educational software and online forums provide a chat facility to interact with anyone in your institution, from the head of the department to the office assistant and classmates. Many institutions have online forums where a student can put his query, and other members (teachers and students) can answer to clear the doubt. You will feel more connected as you start interacting through the forums.

 

You Cannot Build a Network

Speaking of alliances, one of the underrated benefits of education is the people you meet; and the associations they can bring into your life. Many people depend on college networks to find jobs and learn about better opportunities. At first, that kind of connection-building may seem hard in an online class, but online platforms could make network-building easier.

 

Employers Don’t Consider Online Degrees and Certificates

When this online learning concept started, employers had various opinions about the credibility of online degrees and certifications. Now this concept of online learning is common across the globe. Employers don’t mind hiring people who have an online degree or certification. However, for some professions like doctorate, an offline degree or hands-on experience is required. The online classroom resembles many of the modern technologies used in the workplace. It is not uncommon for associates to interact and cooperate online, so your online education experience could equip you for that interaction.

 

Online Education Is Costly

So many people say that online education from different educational institutions is costly. However, in my experience, I have observed that online education is more affordable than campus education because you do not have to commute, there are no hostel charges, and you do not have to spend money on other daily expenses.
After busting these myths, you must have a better idea of what online education may offer. I will suggest being as careful when you choose an online course as you are at the time of choosing an offline college with campus classes. The flexibility offered by the online courses is a huge plus point for anyone who has big responsibilities.

November 5, 2021

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