If you’ve been trying to decide whether or not you should enroll in an online education program, you’ve probably come across some of the myths about them. At Science library, we’d like to dispel some of the false information being spread about attending school online. Here’s a look at some online education myths and the actual reality of the situation.
Taking courses online is more expensive than attending a physical school.
If there’s one thing just about everyone can agree on, it’s that getting a college education is rarely an inexpensive endeavor. Having said that, studies show that the average student pays less to attend school online, rather than going to a physical location. It’s true that the tuition prices are often similar between online and traditional education programs, but it’s the other costs that students can save on. For instance, online students don’t have to worry about driving to and from classes and with the price of gas today, that can be a significant amount of savings.
You have to be a computer expert in order to pass online classes.
Although having some experience working with computers can be helpful, being an expert is far from a requirement. In fact, we’ve found that many of the students who receive excellent grades in their online courses have little to no experience with computers. If you’re able to get online and read this page, you’re more than capable of taking classes online and succeeding in them.
I won’t have to interact with other students during online courses.
Since the majority of your classroom work will be done over the computer, many students think they won’t have to actually interact with their instructor or fellow students. This couldn’t be further from the truth though, as there are dozens of ways to interact online. Whether it’s through e-mail, instant messages, streamlining video, or message boards, you’ll find that there is a premium placed on student interaction online. An online classroom can only go as far as its students are willing to take it, so always participate if you want to get the most out of your education.
Online education programs are easier than taking classes in a physical classroom.
While there is no question that taking class online rather than in a physical classroom is a different experience, the level of difficulty is very much the same. The programs in our Science library network strongly believe in challenging students just as much, if not more than, a traditional college classroom.
Degrees from online universities don’t mean anything in the real world.
Detractors of online education often claim that degrees from online universities aren’t “real” or respected. However, when you get your degree from an accredited university, you can take peace of mind in knowing that it is 100% legitimate. With more and more people taking advantage of the opportunities that online education has to offer, there should be little question that their degrees hold just as much weight as those from a traditional university.