Online education programmes, such as digital marketing training, are not avant-garde by a long shot in the current year, but its preconceived notions or myths are still a cause of concern for many aspirants. So let’s dispel these myths one by one.
Myth – If it is online, then it must be easier than traditional courses
Fact – An online education is just as onerous as traditional education. The ones who have undertaken online education would argue that it is perhaps more rigorous than the traditional route of education. The pedagogy for traditional and online education remains the same, but the reading and writing entailed in online education is a lot more. Discussions takes place over a discussion board where the faculty has a real time data of the participants. Students can read and respond to the comments posted by peers which takes more time to comprehend. Students who enroll for online education without proper information find it hard to cope with online learning.
Myth – If it is online, then it should take less time
Fact – Online courses sometimes takes more time than traditional courses. Of course, the hours spent making it to and fro the premises of traditional classes will be time saved. But, assignments, work collaborations, reading online content and participating in discussions in an online class will consume a lot more time. Some students enroll for online courses while they are still pursuing traditional education, but soon find out that it was, in fact, a mistake.
Myth – If it is online, then it is passive
Fact – Online courses are not limited to reading books and mailing assignments. That’s how correspondence courses work. Correspondence courses are self-paced and passive. However, active participation is needed for online education, which has a defined curriculum with a course calendar. Group collaboration in online courses has a fixed time frame to accommodate all participants. Of course, the course material is available online and can be read at a convenient time, but students need to adhere to the institute’s course calendar.
Myth – If it is online, then it needs no interaction
Fact – Whether it’s traditional education or an online one, interaction is a part of learning, the only difference is the way in which participants interact. Interactivity would be more in an online course as students will be interacting with faculty and their peers during collaborative assignments. Unlike in traditional education, students cannot sit quietly in a classroom during an online session, because, the faculty would have means to gauge the participations levels using real-time tools and will grade a student accordingly. For an online MBA programme it would affect the average score of a student. Also, interaction in an
online class is not like a text message sent to a friend. It has to be properly typed out and should be backed by proper research and references. The decorum of the discussions is usually set by the faculty who may, at times, opt for a casual tone.
Myth – If it is online, then the faculty would be available all the time
Fact – The course content is available 24x7, but the faculties are not. Students can raise a query on the discussion board anytime they want, but the faculty will revert only as per their availability. Faculties outright communicate about their availability, or when students can expect a revert from them on course queries or project submissions.
Myth – If it is online, then computer proficiency is a must
Fact – Basic knowledge of operating a computer and browsing through the institute’s tool is required, however, online education does not require a student to a technological whizz-kid.
Myth – If it is online, then there is no network building
Fact – Relationships built during educational institutes are used in landing jobs and growing businesses. Online education, at first glance, may seem to miss out on this benefit, but, the faculties and administrators are usually industry veterans who bring quality connections to the table.
Myth – If it is online, employers won’t be interested
Fact – Accredited online courses from renowned institutes are industry recognized qualifications. Employers treat these qualifications similar to traditional qualifications. Students need to check the accreditation of the institute, and need not worry about the mode of delivery of curriculum. In case of a certification in digital marketing, employers prefer online courses over traditional ones.
So, dispel all the myth surrounding an online course, and start your learning journey.