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Distance Learning and its Five Misconceptions

Nowadays, many institutions worldwide are offering distance learning programmes. These online courses are becoming more popular among learners who have busy lives.

Despite the popularity of online programs, over the years, distance learning courses have received unfair comments and reputation. To prove that distance programmes are not so scary after all, below we have outlined the top 5 myths related to online learning.

  • Online learning doesn’t have value in the job market

Despite the presence of non-accredited online courses, most distance learning programs are recognised by employers worldwide. The web is full of courses which have been recognised, accredited and authorised by regional and national companies for academic and educational standards. As well as this, nowadays employers and graduate schools encourage students to take online courses to improve their knowledge of different topics and get a degree, so as they are more valuable in the job market.

  • Distance learning programmes are simple

When learners decide to apply for an online course, they will realise that these programmes demand the same amount of time and effort as traditional courses. Furthermore, to complete online courses, learners should have excellent self-management and time-management skills. Therefore, distance learning students have to create their own schedule and motivation.

  • Online courses are difficult

This is a paradox of the two myths described above. However, as outlined above, online courses have the same difficulties as the on-campus programmes. In fact, online courses need to deliver the same academic standards as traditional institutions, doing so without face to face interactions.

  • Long distance lecturing can also be difficult

Universities, which offer online courses, select competent lecturers who agree to teach online classes. This means they have to deliver their lesson to a wide audience. These professors apply to teach online programmes, with the hope to deliver their knowledge to students who can’t afford to study on-campus.

  • Online courses are only for business students

Although MBA programmes are prevalent among distance learning courses, they do not cover the whole range. Students can find different online courses related to their interests and many of these programmes include psychology, social science, liberal art, education and nursing.

In conclusion, many learners do not realise how many opportunities there are through online courses and so may believe in myths described above. However, distance learning programs are a good choice for people who are working and would like to increase their knowledge of a topic, as well as learners who can’t afford on-campus programmes.


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