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Top 7 Misconceptions About Online Degrees

by Kaitlyn Wightman
Marketing Specialist

October 03, 2014

Online classes don’t have that stigma anymore. Online classes have greatly advanced in technology, flexibility and quality. Plus, earning your degree online is another way to take college classes without stopping your career or your family commitments. 

Take it from us. We’ve been offering online degrees since the dial-up days

While there are pros and cons to taking an online class, some false perceptions still linger around online degrees. It’s time to debunk these myths about earning an online degree. 

Online Classes Are Easier Than Traditional Classes

There isn’t a physical classroom, however the coursework in online classes tends to be as hard as (if not harder than) a traditional course. That’s because more and more universities are enforcing the highest academic standards for all class delivery options—and your professor wants proof that you’re learning the course material. 

My Diploma Will Say That I Earned My Degree Online

When earning your degree online—or even taking some classes online—from an accredited institution, your diploma will not say if you earned your degree online or in person. 

I Won't Receive Individual Attention From My Professor

Online class instructors regularly participate in online class discussions. Just like in a traditional class, you’ll receive feedback on assignments from your professor as well as check-in appointments on your progress in the class. 

I Won’t Know My Classmates

No need to worry here. You’ll meet your classmates in online class discussions as well as when working together on group projects. Some students in online classes even study together virtually. 

Online Degrees Aren’t As Respected As Traditional Degrees

The curriculum is the same for both an online class and a traditional class of the same course name. The only difference then is the delivery method. Employers and hiring managers interview (and even hire) qualified candidates who earned online degrees for top positions. 

Professors That Teach Online Classes Aren’t As Qualified

Accredited universities hold high standards in hiring quality instructors for both in-person and online classes. Your instructor will have at least a master’s degree and several years of work experience in the field. Instructors are also required to complete training that equips them with the skills and knowledge to support success of students in the online learning environment. 

I Won’t Get Help For My Online Class When I Need It

Online students have access to a variety of online resources including:

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