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Online Education - Myths And Facts

Aug 17, 2007
The case against online education is based on the attractions of a color blind society and is buttressed by a sense some have that these programs are not just incomplete, but pointless. The students are seen as being put into situations where they are cannot compete with full-time students and not only fail, but are also demoralized in the process.

Common to arguments against online education is a sense that their students advantaged by it displace full-time students who are more deserving of admissions since they can benefit better from this type of and will be able to perform better after graduation.

First of all lets understand online education. It refers to delivery of education from a distance and is distinguished by the separation in space and probably in time between student and instructor. It makes use of the Internet and web technologies as a medium of distribution and a computer-reconciled communication channel. In this section, we present a series of prevalent myths about online education, along with the facts concerning the myths.

Myth no.1
Normal work schedules are extremely tedious and variable (students can not be present in a classroom regularly). Hence, online education is great. All a student has to do is submit their homework assignments and keep abreast of the reading (they dont lose any time in wasteful discussions).

Fact no.1
Only active participants in weekly online discussions are able to successfully master class material. There is also a strong likelihood of your not earning even a passing grade.

Myth no 2
It has been said time and time again that you can learn online anytime, anywhere. You can at home, at your office, or anywhere. This mode of education helps you learn faster. Then again, online education doesnt really shorten the time needed to learn or master a skill, automatically. The time is generally longer than full time education.

Fact no 2
Online education by virtue of its mode of conduct, gives you the inbuilt advantage of managing your learning time better and more competently.

Myth no 3
Working grown-ups, with families and other responsibilities benefit from the elasticity of time in online education. Whether or not they take part in conferences or submit their projects on time or not does not, in any way, affect their grades.

Fact no 3
Despite the fact that instructors normally take all possible measures to accommodate their students, nevertheless they have to participate in the conferences a few times every week. They also have to submit their assignments on time.

Like it or not, finally, the fact remains that, in order to derive the most out of your Online education every student has to participate fully, professionally, and diligently.
About the Author
Kevin Pederson has written many articles on Learning Pulse, An Online Information Guide. Online learning is an effective alternative approach towards teaching and learning.
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