Serious experienced female coach makes records in notepad, focused at screen of laptop computer, has long red hair, wears transparent glasses, watches webinar online. Business and job concept. Getting an education online has a great deal of benefits associated with it. Whether you’re planning to complete middle school online, high school online, or a college education online, you are sure to experience a number of advantages that traditional students will miss out on. However, even with all the benefits and perks of online learning, there are a number of misconceptions about online learning that make some people hesitant or skeptical to even consider it. Let’s take a look at six common misconceptions about online learning and explore the actual truth behind the misconception.
Misconception #1: Online Learning Is Easier Than Traditional Schooling
This is a misconception that needs to be handled promptly so that students don’t enroll in online school with misguided ideas about what the experience will be like. Many traditional students think that online classes are easier, shorter, and less involved than regular classes, but that simply isn’t the case. Online classes cover the same information as traditional classes, and they have similar expectations and standards for all students. While the physical time spent on an online class may be shorter (although it may not be), that doesn’t mean the coursework is easier or the material is simpler. The standards for each class are the same for every state and school district, whether the courses are taken online or in a traditional educational setting.
Misconception #2: You Have No Peer Interaction with Online Classes
Most people think of online learning as completed isolated time sitting in front of a computer with absolutely zero human interaction. However, online learning environments are actually very stringent about the requirements they set on students for peer interaction. Not only do online students post discussions, respond to others’ comments and questions in writing, and have real-time discussions with peers during class time, but they also take part in group work and collaborative activities quite often. Additionally, many virtual learners choose to participate in extracurricular activities, whether through their school or with local organizations, so that they are regularly interacting with peers and others during the school week.
Misconception #3: You Have to Be a Technological Genius to Take Online Classes
It’s true that you need basic tech skills to succeed in an online class or to complete your entire education online, but that doesn’t mean you need to be a technological genius or even be tech-savvy. You’ll need to know how to connect to the internet, how to navigate a web browser, and how to use basic word processors, plus you will need to learn how to use the software program that the online school uses. Most young people are tech-savvy enough to begin online schooling without much preparation, but even the lesser technologically advanced individuals can be ready for online classes pretty quickly by mastering only a few key skills.
Misconception #4: Online Degrees Aren’t Accredited or Transferable
While some online schools are not accredited, that is not something you have to worry about if you enroll at San Diego Virtual School. Our entire program is fully accredited both nationally and regionally, and our students get real high school diplomas upon graduation. Additionally, if at any time one of our students chooses to transfer to a traditional school in the area, their classes will transfer easily and they won’t lose credits. It was once a mindset that online schools were “less than” in terms of legitimacy and challenging curriculum, but those days are long gone. Especially since SDVS is fully accredited, our students never have a hard time enrolling in excellent colleges or landing their dream jobs after graduation.
Misconception #5: There Is No Timeline or Time Limit for Completion of Courses
It’s true that online students can make their own schedules and work at their own pace. However, our online courses do have deadlines, just like any school does, and there is a time limit for completion of classes. This is to ensure students are kept on track with graduating at a certain time and don’t spend unnecessary amounts of time enrolled in classes when they should be moving on to the next course. We fully support scheduling flexibility and allowing students to work ahead or slightly slower than the standard pace, if needed, but assignments, tests, projects, and more all have deadlines that students are expected to abide by. Additionally, courses are done in semesters and students are expected to follow due dates and make classwork submissions in a timely manner.
Misconception #6: No One-on-One Instruction Takes Place in Online Learning Environments
A lot of people think that online learning is all about self-directed study and that no actual one-on-one instruction takes place at an online school. While we do believe in and encourage personal responsibility, independence, and self-motivation amongst our students, our instructors are incredibly engaged with the students throughout the entirety of every semester. Our teachers lead discussions, present lectures on new information, and work with the students to understand the material being presented. Additionally, if students need additional help or have questions, our teachers are very accessible and easy to reach. One of the best parts of SDVS is our staff, and our students and their parents all speak highly of how involved and helpful our teachers are.
If you have any other ideas about online school and you’re uncertain of their validity, please contact us at San Diego Virtual School. If you have any other questions about online schooling, the virtual classroom environment, SDVS’s accreditation, or anything else related to online learning, please contact SDVS today. We would love to talk with you to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have, as well as discuss your ideas and plans for an online education.