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E-Learning Myths Debunked
Despite advancements in online education, many cling to outdated notions of isolated individuals sitting in front of computers interacting with programmed tutors.
Many myths surround online learning. Let’s debunk a few of them.
MYTH # 1: ONLINE LEARNING ENCOURAGES PASSIVITY AND TAKES PLACE IN ISOLATION.
Myth Debunked: Online learning is collaborative, active and is a place of community rather than isolation.
MYTH # 2: ONLINE TRAINING AND DISTANCE LEARNING ARE ONE AND THE SAME.
Myth Debunked: Distance learning is online learning’s evolutionary predecessor. There is no single model for online training. While some online learning is the same as traditional distance learning, our approach is to provide the student with all the benefits that they would have in a regular classroom plus all the benefits that technology has to offer.
MYTH # 3: ONLINE TRAINING CANNOT DELIVER QUALITY EDUCATION.
Myth Debunked: Online training has developed over the last 18 years and developed over the last decade or so and now there are conferences, journals, books, and degrees that address how to effectively teach online. Probably the best evidence that online learning delivers a first-rate education is that it has been embraced the world over as a valid, effective form of education. A number of colleges and universities utilize online training in their arsenal of strategies, including Cambrian College, Sir Sandford Fleming, Seneca, Centennial, George Brown, Humber, Sheridan, Fanshawe, St. Clair, Guelph, Athabaska, Harvard, Stanford, and Cornell, to mention but a few.
MYTH # 4: EDUCATION HAS MORE TO DO WITH THE TEACHING THAN WITH LEARNING.
Myth Debunked: Education is about learning. To be effective, it must meet the needs of the learner.
MYTH # 5: LEARNERS PREFER THE FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING MODEL OVER ONLINE MODELS.
Myth Debunked: Many learners prefer a learning environment that is technological. These learners want to use technology to structure their learning environment and seek ways they can do so. Moreover, the online environment provides greater freedom of participation as it tends to neutralize issues such as physical appearance and geographic distribution.
MYTH # 6: ONLINE LEARNING IS ONLY EFFECTIVE FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF LEARNERS—FOR INSTANCE, SELF-MOTIVATED LEARNERS AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL.
Myth Debunked: Online learning is an effective model of delivering quality education to adult, graduate and expert learners of all kinds. Moreover, it appeals to a variety of learner types, include pedagogical and andragogical.