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Common myths debunked about opting for an online degree

Online Manipal Editorial Team | December 02, 2022 4 min read

The idea that online learning is not the same as learning in a real classroom is untrue, and it is also a myth that students cannot learn efficiently in a virtual setting. Recent months have seen a lot of speculative discussion over the online courses. Numerous queries from teachers, parents, and even kids are circulating, including whether they are helpful, whether children can learn correctly, whether screen time is damaging, concern for people who are technologically impaired, and how parents may monitor online learning.

As more and more learners are opening up to the idea of pursuing an online degree, here are a few myths that are worth dispelling

Myth #1: An online degree doesn’t have the same value as its traditional counterpart

There used to be a grain of truth in this belief. At present, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has authorized top universities to offer their programs online. In the landmark UGC (Online Courses or Programs) Regulations Act of 2018, the UGC announced that educational institutions can offer online certificate, diploma and degree programs in disciplines that have the same program in the classroom teaching mode. The impact of this act is that these online programs will bear as much weight and value as offline degrees.

Myth #2: Online learning offers low-quality education

Initially, universities and colleges did not have the direction or resources to conduct online programs. This resulted in a minor trade-off with quality. Fortunately, now we are living in a time where technology is ubiquitous, and it would be a waste to miss out on the opportunity. With a growing number of students and improved channels for communication, educational institutions are finding the best possible ways to cater to the changing needs. They are also recruiting top-notch educators and faculty members to be a part of their programs. As a result, you can now trust your future in the hands of highly skilled and knowledgeable faculty members.

Myth #3: Online learning is easier

On the contrary, e-learning is tougher and more rigorous than traditional classroom programs. The primary reason for this difference is that online learning calls for sharper reading and writing skills. Further, you are in charge of your education. It requires a greater amount of discipline and dedication to stay on top of all the deadlines, assignments, tests, and other schedules.

Myth #4: I will have to purchase a high-end laptop or computer. I will be spending more than I would on a regular course

As stated previously, technology has made progress by leaps and bounds. You are no longer confined to laptops and desktops to get an online degree. You can leverage the power of your smartphone to download official apps from your education provider and get learning anytime, anywhere.

Myth #5: Online learning is boring

Naturally, when one thinks of online learning, they may assume that it may feel like a lonely and boring option. However, the online learning sphere is supported by an active and thriving community of learners and educators who add a personal touch. From discussion forums to live chats and online clubs – there is a wealth of possibility if you crave a complete campus experience. With cutting-edge technology, you can enjoy real-time conversations, interactive sessions, and educational content in various formats.

Myth #6: It’s easy to cheat in online learning

This may have been the case in the past, but online learning has made great strides that have made cheating more difficult. With features like keystroke tracking, browser blocking during tests, and online proctors, new technology frequently makes it harder to cheat in online courses.

Myth #7: You have to self-learn

What comes to mind when you think about taking an online course? Do you think about downloading a ton of course material and being left to fend for yourself? Put those ideas to rest. Your lecturers would probably instruct you in a similar manner to how they would in a traditional classroom, using a mix of lectures, activities, quizzes, and homework. You must ask the professor for advice if you have any questions, just like you would in a traditional classroom setting.

Myth #8: Minimal interaction between students and teachers

Many think that online learning is solitary because there isn’t much interaction with instructors or fellow students. This is incorrect because many EdTechs offer live lectures, discussion boards, and other virtual engagement opportunities to assist the students. Students have the chance to communicate with faculty and support staff for any issues they may have, as well as get to know one another through these virtual platforms. Students can also participate in group projects, presentations, seminars, and discussion boards even while they are learning online.

Also read: 6 Biggest surprises of online MBA programs

Online Manipal offers the best virtual learning experience

Online education has become a popular learning form especially after the covid-19 pandemic. Candidates are opting to take up courses and continue learning from the comfort of their home as its safer and convenient. Recognizing this growing demand for online education many educational institutions have started offering online courses. Online Manipal is one such platform through which students can enrol for a variety of UG and PG courses such as BCA, B.Com, MBA, M.Com, and more. All these courses are UGC-entitled and are ranked highly by employers. State-of-the-art Learning Management System(LMS), expert teaching staff, and virtual student support services are just few of its highlights.

Check out: 15 Tips for online MBA students[S[1] 

Concluding thoughts

The reality of online learning is quite different from its perception. It may feel overwhelming at first, but it is no different than the traditional learning environment. And while you are juggling assignments, coursework, and tests with other life commitments, you will grow to appreciate the flexibility offered by online education.


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