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Myths about Online Learning

Myth: Online courses are self-paced

Most online courses are NOT self-paced; they require frequent due dates for assignment submissions, course discussions, and exams. There may be face-to-face meetings for hybrid online courses or web-conferencing sessions on specific dates and times that you must attend. Before enrolling in an online course, be sure to check for any scheduled meeting dates. Contact the course instructor for details regarding the required course pace.

collaboration​Myth: There is no involvement with classmates

Online courses are typically designed with an online course discussion component which replaces the face-to-face classroom discussions. These discussions are typically graded, though, so unlike most face-to-face courses, taking part in the class discussions is a requirement! In addition, many online courses will have group project assignments which are built around the premise of students collaborating online with other students to complete assigned tasks.

Myth: Online courses are easier than traditional face-to-face classroom courses

The curriculum of an online course is typically the same as a face-to-face course. Expect the course work load and time commitment to be similar as well.

supportMyth: You must come to the physical BSU campus for support and services

Your instructor is always a resource for you when taking an online course. In addition, some instructors provide peer discussion forums in their Blackboard course sites, allowing students to pose questions and respond to one another, contributing to a greater sense of online community.

Bridgewater State also offers various support and services (i.e. IT Service Center, Tutoring, Financial Aid) for online students so that coming to campus for help is not always a requirement. Visit the links in the BSU Campus​ Resources for Online Students section for more details.​​​​​​​

This page is maintained by the Teaching & Technology Center. Send comments and suggestions to​. Last reviewed 07/05/19.​