However, as there have been with anything new and innovative, there
have been some myths about online courses that just need to be set
straight. So, let's do that now, and set the record straight about
what it actually means to take part in online courses and more once
you are accepted to a college or a university:
Myth: online courses are easier than traditional
That couldn't be further from the truth! Online courses require
reading, quizzes, tests, papers, and all of the typical assignments
that you would find in any regular college course at any regular
college anywhere around the country or the world. The only difference
with online courses is that you don't have to do it in a building,
like the traditional courses. Because of that, you get the flexibility
of doing your assignments anywhere, without needing to deal with
Myth: the credits you get at online courses will
not transfer to other colleges
Online colleges are fully accredited institutions of higher learning,
and in most cases, are colleges that received a brick and mortar
institution in the first place, before transitioning either partly
or fully to the Internet realm. Because of that, you can ensure
yourself that online courses are from fully accredited and worthwhile
colleges, no matter what you take and where you are. As such, they
will transfer accordingly to other schools should you decide to
transfer your credits, or apply for any other school after graduation
in pursuit of another degree.
Myth: you have to be a computer whiz to take
You don't need to know hardly anything about computers when you
take online courses! Unless you take a course in, say, computer
science, you simply don't have to be a computer genius of any import
to take online courses, as the software is simple, intuitive, and
straightforward, and you get the most out of your online course
experience without needing to do anything else.
Is Online Learning Right For You?
While the benefits of online courses may seem obvious to some people,
it is important to weigh these benefits against your concerns and
your overall attitude towards learning to determine if online college
courses are right for you and in your setting and lifestyle. Here
are just a few ways to determine whether or not you may be right
for online courses now or in the future:
Do you manage time wisely?
First and foremost, online courses are typically done asynchronously,
meaning you log online and go through the course on your own pace
within the semester. Can you learn like that? Have you done well
doing that before? Can you manage time well enough to succeed at
this learning in this manner?
Are you motivated to learn?
You need to be motivated to learn to succeed in courses, whether
online or in person. Ask yourself: Are you motivated to learn? Do
you want something more out of your life? Can you get that something
more with online learning? If so, it may be right for you.
Can you work virtually?
While you don't need to be a computer whiz to work in online courses,
you do need to know a little bit about using a computer and working
virtually. Have you used a computer before? Do you know how to type,
word process, go on the Internet, and more? If you can work virtually,
you can work in online courses.
What do you want out of college?
Finally, ask yourself what do you want out of college? Do you want
to get more out of your college existence than before? Do you want
to learn, earn a degree, and improve your life? If you want a good
deal out of college itself, chances are that online colleges may
be right for you, and you may be able to get quite a bit out of
an online college experience.
In all, though, online college courses are right now today more
popular than ever, and as such, it is critical that you work to
see that your online college experience is a resounding success.
That means working hard so that you get the most out of your courses,
picking a major and area of study that greatly interests you, and
working hard to achieve all of your online goals so that you can
see them pay off in the real world, off line, as you succeed and
get a lot out of your degree. Good luck with your online courses,
and your new future as you move forward working to improve yourself!