Common Misconceptions about Distance Learning Education

An overwhelmingly large number of students are opting for at least one distance learning program for higher education. The evolution of technology, and particular of the web, has facilitated the online learning and made it more effective than ever. While there are some sceptics that continue to look at the online learning with squinted eyes, there are some myths about it that need to be busted. Here are some of the common misconceptions about distance learning which will help you make informed choice.

Distance Learning Reduces the Number of Teachers/Instructors

One of the biggest reasons for the success of any type of learning – traditional or distance – is the presence of an expert instructor. A lot of people believe that online classes can have large number of students as no physical space is required to accommodate them. However, this is as further from the truth as possible. These days, quality online programs make sure that their classroom sizes are limited to make the learning more effective. Therefore, in spite of the advancements in the technology, the need for more instructors will always be there for distance learning programs.

Employers Do not Value Online Courses

This is another misapprehension about the online courses that is getting proven wrong by day. Most of the genuine employers value the importance of technology and consider the distance learning as a by product of technology. According to a survey, nearly 80 percent of the hired employees had at least one online degree.

All the distance learning courses are of the same quality

This is not true. While there are several budget constrained institutions that rely heavily on the text-intensive course materials, there are others that even outstrip the traditional learning methods when it comes to the quality of their course materials.

Good Teachers Do not Want to Teach Online

On the contrary, a survey revealed that the experienced teachers are more likely to become the part of the online faculty. They are willing to try out new ways or teaching and appreciate how technology is contributing to education.

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