The Top Five Myths of Online High School

Even with the ever-increasing popularity of online education and distance learning courses, there is still some apprehension when it comes to signing up for online classes. Since the world of online education is still pretty much at its infancy, it is fair to expect some initial hesitation to taking classes in a virtual setting. But if you are on the fence about trying out online classes, you have probably heard a lot of things about online education. Some might be true, some might be gossip, but it is important to develop your own opinion. In order to help inform your opinion on online education and distance learning courses, here are the top five myths of online high school.

  1. Online courses are easy. – This couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like a traditional class, you are required to read and listen to lectures, take notes, do homework and take exams. Since these classes go at your own pace, they require hard work, discipline and organization to stay on task. Like Uncle Ben always said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
  2. You are on your own. – Many think that since you are not sitting in a class in front of a teacher, you are on your own if you get stuck. But that is definitely not the case. There are highly-qualified instructors that run each class and are available to help students via phone, email or instant message.
  3. Online classes are just slideshows. – Sure, in the beginning, presenting content online was rather archaic. Back in the day, we were pretty much left with text and pictures, not really the best way to teach or learn. But as technology has improved, many online classes are now fully interactive. Yes, slideshows are still an integral part of the courses, but instructors are now utilizing discussion boards, podcasts, flash animations and social media in their online classes. If Ferris Bueller’s classes were this engaging, there’s no way he’d take a day off.
  4. It’s not real high school. – Just because you are not rushing down a crowded hallway or lugging around an anchor for a backpack, doesn’t mean you’re not in a real high school. If an online high school is accredited by NCA and/or CITA, they have the same educational “weight” as traditional brick-and-mortar schools. You learn the same concepts and objectives as traditional schools; it’s just in a different setting.
  5. Online high school is only for At-Risk students. – When online education was first introduced, it was mainly used as a way for At-Risk students to earn credits if they could not attend a regular classroom. But as online classes have evolved, these courses are now appealing to a wider audience. Today, many students are using online high school classes to graduate early, recover missing credits and even using them as their primary source of education.

As you can see, there are a lot of misconceived notions about online high school and distance learning courses. Until students enroll in the online classes and try them out for themselves, they won’t be able to separate fact from fiction. The world of online education is revolutionizing the way we teach and learn, and it will only continue to get better. So if you are thinking of trying online education for yourself, don’t be afraid to take that first step, or click.


~ by pinnaclepov2224 on July 7, 2010.

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