1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Top 5 Distance Learning Myths


College students studying at computer
Hero Images/Hero Images/Getty Images
Myth #1 - Distance learning schools aren’t as good as traditional schools.
Online universities can offer as good an education as any traditional school. You just have to choose the right online program. Many quality programs allow students to interact with expert teachers and learn through multimedia software. Distance learning can help students develop skills, build a portfolio, and advance in their careers. More: 10 Ways an Online Degree Can Enrich Your Life

Myth #2 - Employers won’t accept degrees from distance learning universities.
While this may be true of “diploma mills” and other fake schools, degrees from properly accredited schools are accepted by employers in the same way that traditional degrees are accepted. In fact, there is usually nothing on a diploma to indicate that courses were taken online. More: Will They Accept Your Degree?

Myth #3 - Distance learning credits don’t transfer to other colleges.
Diplomas and credits from online schools that are accredited by the proper regional agency will be accepted by traditional institutions in the same way that diplomas and credits from “regular” colleges are accepted. More: Will Traditional Universities Accept Distance Learning Credits?

Myth #4 - Accredited schools always offer a good education.
Anyone can claim to be an accrediting agency, and many do. However, in order to be widely accepted, your degree needs to come from a school approved by one of the six nationally recognized regional accrediting agencies. Be aware that many “diploma mill” schools make up their own accrediting agencies in order to trick students into feeling secure. Checking with one of the big six agencies directly can help you avoid being scammed. More: Accreditation Info, 6 Snares Fake Schools Set

Myth #5 - Online schools are faster and easier than traditional schools.
While some online students choose accelerated programs, others select online schools that let them do their work slowly, over a longer period of time. Just like traditional schools, some online institutions are known for being easier and others are known for being harder. Flexibility is key in the world of distance learning and the majority of online programs tailor their curriculum to fit the needs of specific students. More: 6 Ways to Get Your Degree Faster, Stay Motivated
  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. Distance Learning
  4. Distance Learning 101
  5. Top 5 Distance Learning Myths

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.