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Online Education:

Separating Fact from Fiction

There's a lot of confusion out there about the world of online education. You may have heard some of it yourself. Chances are you haven't talked to someone who is actually in an online degree program, because if you had you'd know the truth - that online learning is in a new era of excellence. Just in case you're confused by what you hear, we've pulled together some common misconceptions about online education.

Myth #1: Online education is not as good as a classroom education

Not only is the number of degree programs offered online growing, but so is the number of students. Why? Studies show that online students perform just as well as (if not better than) their colleagues in a traditional classroom. Additionally, many online students come to their virtual classroom with considerable work experience that they can share with other online students in electronic forums and exchanges.

Myth #2: Real schools don't offer online programs

Online education is catching on - at ALL kinds of schools. From the Ivy League to the community college, schools are quickly learning the value of providing online programs to geographically isolated and time-strapped students. Chances are that any school you're interested in offers some kind of online program. One word of warning: watch out for unaccredited schools known as diploma mills! Check out our previous article on how to spot a diploma mill.

Myth #3: Employers don't value your online degree

Employers embrace your online studies for a number of reasons. As you learn to navigate your online classroom, you gain vital skills and the confidence to adapt to new technologies and environments that will benefit you throughout your career. Your online education also gives you a leg up in the development of your business communications.

While the concept of global communications escapes many of your colleagues, your online education will introduce you to a global network of classmates with whom you will collaborate and communicate throughout the course of your education.

Want some tips on how to sell the benefits of online education on your resume? See this month's article, Resume Tips for online learners.

Myth #4: You don't get to interact with people

All of your online courses are taught by our experienced faculty. You can gain from their real-world and academic experience as you exchange emails, participate in online discussion groups, and more. Even better, you get to establish virtual relationships with all of the students in the class. The relationships you make during your online studies can be valuable when it comes time to network and look for jobs!