In this pandemic, online learning is taking over the world because of its availability, accessibility, convenience, and flexibility. It allows the students to fit the process of learning into their lives instead of re-arranging their lives according to the education system. Not everyone is open to learning online, there are still some people who are hesitant to trust and adapt online learning to enhance their knowledge.
Online learning is shrouded in myths, that makes it difficult for learners to accept it as a better alternative to traditional classroom education.
Here are some common myths about online education:
a. Online teaching is meant for the young and techno-savvy
Some teachers say that “I’ve another two years to retire and I’m not inclined to learn anything new, especially online teaching, at this stage of my life.”
“These online teaching practices are for those in their 30s, not for those in their 50s.”
“Virtual teaching is for those who are techno-savvy, not for people like me who are averse to technology.”
The fact is that everyone — young and old, and those who are conversant with and averse to technology — has to embrace technology and live with it. In other words, technology in tertiary education has come to stay and all teachers have to make a clear and conscious shift despite their age and attitude. Successful people in any walk of life are those who love and welcome change.
Online-Learning is complicated and incomplete :
Students stay away from online courses because they believe that the instructor is never going to complete the course online. Also, the involvement of technology and the internet makes the students assume that the learning process is too complicated, and they have to be tech-savvy or know everything about computers and the internet before signing up for an online class.
Fact: Online-learning is very easy. If you know how to browse the web or use your smartphone, online learning is for you.
Online-learning translates to no learning:
A lot of people may think that because one can learn online at his own pace there is no self- discipline. Students can learn only when they do homework or write tests in proper examination halls. It is easier to cheat in online exams. Therefore, online-learning can never be effective and may lead to no learning.
Fact: Students have to submit assignments and write tests in online classrooms. It is easier to detect plagiarism if the assignments are submitted online. The flexibility nature of online learning makes it easier for the student to learn at his own pace and understand the topic before moving on to the next module.
Coping with incompetent teachers:
Another myth that surrounds is that the teachers who teach online are not subject experts. They are unqualified and ineligible to teach in a real school and have therefore chosen to teach in virtual classrooms. Learners believe that students in traditional classrooms receive an inherently better education from real professors than online students.
Fact: There is no difference between an online instructor and a teacher in a traditional classroom. Online teachers can have in-depth subject knowledge and excellent communication skills.
Online-learning is expensive:
Since online-learning involves computers, internet connection, video conferencing, and good quality course materials it must be expensive. Students do not sign up for online courses because they think that they cannot afford it.
Fact: Online-learning is far cheaper than offline education. It reduces your travel expenses. You have many options, and you can choose to start your learning any where and anytime