Even after a proper debunking, myths and misconceptions have a lingering stickiness, hanging around like gum on the bottom of a shoe. If enough people believe in Sasquatch, or that lightening can never strike the same spot twice, myths blend with reality and it gets nearly impossible to reverse course.
While we may not be scientifically qualified to disprove the existence of Bigfoot, we can shatter some of the most egregious misconceptions about online learning. Hold onto your hats, folks.
1. Nobody takes online classes. 5.3 million students would vehemently disagree with this statement. In fact, online student enrollment is rising at public and private institutions.
2. You can’t ask questions online. Au contraire, you certainly can – and should – ask questions online. You can do so any time you’re unclear or feeling lost. Many faculty members hold dedicated virtual office hours and make themselves readily available through email or phone.
3. Employers prefer to hire those who attend campus-based classes. This may have been true in the past, but as their popularity increases, the stigma with online degrees has waned. Accredited, well-known programs carry more weight than lesser-known options, much like traditionally earned diplomas.
4. There’s not as much financial aid for online programs. You’ll be happy to hear that this is simply and categorically untrue. There’s just as much financial aid available for online programs as for campus-based programs. Here’s a place to review the financial aid options at Regis.
5. There’s no pace to online classes. The biggest difference in the pace of an online class is established by you and not by a faculty member. This is cause to rejoice, is it not?
Here’s the very best way to change your mindset about the quality of online courses: sign up for one and experience it for yourself. Talk to one of our admissions counselors about how our online learning options can fit into your life, or, fill out your application here.