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Myths About Online Learning

As with most stereotypes, the myths regarding online students and their degrees are generally a bunch of nonsense.

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 10, 2013

Myths About Online Learning
We’re all aware of the negative stereotypes that exist about online universities. Luckily, our culture is catching up and becoming increasingly aware that most of the “information” they've heard about online students is a bunch of nonsense. Check out some of the outlined myths below, complete with proof of why it’s a myth, many which you've likely heard around town. According to Edudemic, these are the top five stereotypes regarding online learners in today’s culture:

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1. Online students aren't smart enough for a “normal” university
Proof this is a myth:
- Students in classrooms generally test in the 50th percentile, while online students generally test in the 59th percentile

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- 30% of college students take one or more online courses
2. An online degree isn’t a “real” degree
Proof this is a myth:

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- While an online degree can take less time, hard work is still necessary too
- 87% of hiring managers believe online degrees are just as respected and valued as traditional degrees
- 79% of hiring managers have hired an applicant with an online degree within the past year
3. Online degrees are usually obtained in bizarre fields
Proof this is a myth:
- Four out of the five most popular degrees for online learners are also in the top five degrees for traditional students
4. Online students are lazy
Proof this is a myth:
- 55% of traditional students skip class because they can’t get out of bed
- Online learners are self-motivated to succeed
- A study found that online students spent 30 minutes more work on coursework outside of class per week, even though their courses took two hours less to complete
5. Online students don’t attend traditional college because they’re antisocial
Proof this is a myth:
-97% of online classes have a student/faculty ratio of 25:1 or better
- Many online students have full-time jobs or families
- Many online students chose that route simply because it’s 36%-57% less expensive than traditional college

What are the other myths about online degrees you've heard?

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