The popularity of online courses has grown immensely in recent years. An annual report by the Babson Survey Research Group suggests that 5.8 million students were “enrolled in at least one distance learning course during the fall 2014 semester, up 3.9 percent from the previous fall.” At Arizona State University (ASU), more than 20,000 students are currently enrolled in online degree program, up from less than 5,000 students in 2011.
While the popularity of online education continues to grow, online courses are still subject to different myths and misconceptions:
Myth 1: Online is easier. ASU’s online degree programs adhere to the same rigorous standards and accreditation requirements as ASU’s in-person courses. Although students may have more flexibility learning online, they must be self-motivated and dedicated to completing coursework on their own, rather than with their peers in a physical classroom.
Myth 2: Courses are not taught by real university faculty. ASU’s online courses are taught by the same award-winning faculty teaching on ASU’s physical campuses. Students completing a degree online from ASU earn the same diploma as students attending classes in person.
Myth 3: As an online student, you never have interaction with your instructor. False.
Students enrolled in online courses at ASU can connect with their instructors in a variety of ways, such as by phone, email, in discussion boards, or via Skype and Google Hangouts.
ASU also provides a number of student services including success coaching, academic advising, online tutoring, and career services.
Myth 4: Degrees earned online are not respected. One of the most important factors students should consider when researching online degree programs is making sure the university of their choice is fully accredited. ASU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, for online programs, ASU works through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. This validates that your degree comes from a fully accredited university with high-quality education standards. Your accredited degree will help open doors for future employment opportunities.
Myth 5: Online courses require less study time. One of the biggest benefits of earning your degree online is the versatility of studying anywhere with an Internet connection and the option to avoid commuting into a classroom. However, at ASU, homework and graduation requirements remain the same for students studying in person or learning online.
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