With the spread of the expression Distance Learning (E-learning) recently, many questions and information began to show up about this kind of education that wasn’t known that much before. Some of this information is baseless and not true and may prevent you from starting to learn as it’s sort of disappointing.
But in this article, we will clear up some of the misconceptions about distance learning so that you would be well-informed about this kind of education and the article would motivate you to start an online course.
Let’s start with the first misconception about distance education.
The quality of the courses is lower.
The internet is just a method used in the education process, and the quality isn’t affected by the existence of the course online or or the course being taught in real-life locations.
On the other hand, we find some traditional training courses that don’t provide real quality for students nor do they apply any standards in the learning process!
We do not know where this mistaken belief that the quality of the online courses is less than the traditional offline courses came from.
What we would like to say is that the presence of the course online doesn’t mean that it is inferior in quality as the places that offer online courses follow high standards of quality and organization, and these efforts are also evident in the content provided so that it is easy to read and understand.
Online courses are easier than traditional education.
Online learning offers a lot of benefits and facilitations for trainees; these help you learn more effectively and the extent to which you benefit from the course is higher. However, this doesn’t mean that the course is easier or not as equally serious as traditional education.
There are no time restrictions.
Online education gets the advantage of time flexibility, meaning that you can choose the suitable time for you to study based on your schedule in a way that does not conflict with your family or job responsibilities.
This feature makes online education more flexible and allows many to attend training courses even if they have obligations that prevent them from learning and developing themselves.
This feature does not interfere with specific deadlines for submitting homework and final exams that you must abide by. You can study and attend whenever you want, but you have to provide the assignments and attend the final exam on time.
Are the places offering courses available 24/7?
All training materials and resources are available all the time. If you want to get back to the training materials or resources at any time to study or review a piece of information, these materials are available and uploaded on the internet while the places that offer online training courses have work schedules and their employees are available at official work times.
Is reaching the teacher difficult?
For sure nothing is worse than your inability to reach the subject teacher. You have many questions, and you can’t answer them; you face some problems in understanding a part of the educational content and want to consult the subject teacher on them.
Good news is, reaching the teacher in those courses is not that difficult.
There are several ways that allow you to reach the teacher easily.
The first is email. It is available to students so that the teacher is contacted and their questions and inquiries are answered.
Also, sometimes the teacher is available online to communicate with students and answer their questions and inquiries.
Finally, some educational platforms provide spaces on the internet such as forums that are dedicated to discussions between students and teachers, and the teacher views this forum to answer your questions and inquiries.
Communication with classmates during the courses is essential, therefore some courses make this compulsory, such as placing an assignment within the training course that asks you to evaluate classmates in some of the texts they wrote, for example.
You can use the ways through which you communicate with the teacher to also communicate with your classmates, so you can communicate with them via email or discussion forums.
You must be a computer professional.
Can you turn on the computer?
Can you access the Internet?
Have a little knowledge of moving between websites?
If your answer is yes, and we believe it will because today no one can’t deal with a computer or access the internet then studying online will be easy.
You do not need to be a specialist in dealing with a computer or the internet, you only need the basics; it will be easy and you can study any online course.
Recruitment officials do not recognize online training courses because they are not Accredited.
The rumour that the courses you study online are not accredited is quite baseless. The online courses that you study and include in your CV give a good impression to the employer or recruiting officer that you are committed and enjoy learning, which gives you a priority in recruitment.
The internet is only a means through which you get the course and has nothing to do with accreditation or not; many training centers provide accredited certificates for the courses they offer online, and many educational platforms provide accredited certificates from international universities.
So, the matter of accreditation isn’t right and baseless; you can get a certificate after completing any course that you have finished studying and passed the test.
Learning has become easier and more accessible through the internet; you can now learn English or German while you are sitting at your home and get an accredited certificate, and these courses will be points of strength in your resume. Also, you can learn technical skills related to your work without being a computer professional; only the basics enable you to start learning and advancing in your career.
The internet is a tool that facilitated the communication and learning process and made learning more effective, so do not hesitate to participate in one of the online training courses and start studying now.