Common Myths about Online Education

Myth:

Getting an online education doesn’t take as much work

This is a mistake that a lot of people make when signing up for an online education. They believe they will be able to log into a computer, do a few things and get credit for a class. Nothing could be further from the truth. Oftentimes online schooling is scheduled, requiring you to either log in and post to a discussion board within a specified period, or even log into a “live” chat with your instructor. In addition, you will be assigned reading either from a textbook or perhaps from online resources that you will have to find and schedule time to do all by yourself.

Myth:

Getting an online education can be done by anyone

Another common myth is that everyone is suited to an online education. While it’s true that you can wake up to the morning and report to class in your pajamas, not everyone is suited for the online style of learning. Learning through the Internet requires self-discipline and dedication since you will not have the shame of reporting to a teacher in the morning that you did not do your homework. You simply won’t post it by the due time and receive an F or no credit for that grade. It is because it is less embarrassing on a personal level, that an online education must be approached by a specific type of individual that insists on taking pride in their work and doing well on their own without having someone standing over their shoulder at all times.

Myth:

You don’t have to be accepted to a school to get a degree online

For any accredited college program, you will have to apply to the school in much the same way that a traditional student does. This will include getting transcripts sent from your high school and any other college you may have attended as well as possibly needing letters of recommendation and writing essays. Not everyone who applies to get or complete a degree online is accepted into the program.

Myth:

All online schools are concerned about is making money

While there may be some schools that feel this way (just as with traditional schools as well), most online programs are in place because the school cares about making education accessible to anyone who wants it and may not be able to attend the campus.

Myth:

Your diploma won’t be as valuable because it will say you got educated online

The vast majority of schools do not indicate on your diploma or degree how you were educated, whether online or in person.

Myth:

You can cheat through an online education

Being educated online makes cheating in some ways even less possible to get away with. Anti-plagiarism checking software is used by many institutions to check the text of all work submitted online – this is not so easily done with a paper you might print out and turn in to an instructor. In addition, other types of courses, such as science and math classes will require you to log in at a specific time with your username and ID in order to be tested on your knowledge. This requirement reduces or eliminates the chance that you will be able to have someone else do the work for you.