Myths & Realities of Online Learning Hidden
Myths & Realities of Online Learning
Myth #1: LAS Online courses require less time than face-to-face courses.
Reality: LAS Online courses require THE SAME OR MORE time as face-to-face courses.
LAS Online courses may provide students more flexibility and convenience when scheduling their academic day, but the idea that online classes and coursework require less time than face-to-face courses is just not true.
Generally, students spend 7 to 10 hours week for each online course they take. Imagine all the time you spend attending lecture, studying for exams, and completing assignments for face-to-face courses – that is a good estimate of the time you will spend working on LAS Online course material.
Myth #2: LAS Online classes are “easier” than face-to-face courses, simply because they’re online.
Reality: LAS Online courses are not necessarily easier than face-to-face courses.
LAS Online courses are as academically challenging as courses taught on campus. Our courses may be more convenient, but this does not mean they will be easier than a face-to-face courses.
Myth #3: There is no interaction with other students in an online course.
Reality: Many LAS Online courses require students to regularly engage with each other.
LAS Online courses simulate the same types of interactions you have with students and instructors in face-to-face courses.
Many LAS Online courses require students to regularly participate in online discussion forums and some courses use Blackboard Collaborate for synchronous online meetings.
Myth #4: It’s easier to cheat in an online course.
Reality: In many cases, it’s harder to cheat online!
While the majority of classes have online exams, the professor will likely set time restrictions on the assessment, making it difficult to cheat. Also, some online courses require students to take proctored exams on campus, at registered proctor sites, or while using Web-based proctoring services that use thorough authentication systems.
Myth #5: All LAS Online courses are self-paced.
Reality: Most LAS Online courses have fixed due dates scheduled on a weekly basis.
Each student can login and work on assignments at times that work best for them. Nevertheless, expect to have regular assignments to turn in every week to receive full credit for the course. Some courses use Blackboard Collaborate for scheduled, synchronous online meetings.
Myth #6: LAS Online instructors do not respond to students taking LAS Online courses in a timely manner, making it difficult to get help when it's needed.
Reality: Many students report high levels of instructor responsiveness.
LAS Online instructors go above and beyond to help students. Generally, instructors respond to student emails and questions within 24 hours (if not sooner) and help struggling students if asked for assistance.
Myth #7: LAS Online courses are not as engaging as face-to-face courses.
Reality: The majority of students find online courses to be as or more engaging than their face-to-face courses.
Each semester, more students are electing to register for online courses compared to the same semester from the previous year. In our course evaluations, the majority of students believe they could easily communicate with their professors and fellow students.