Myths about Online Learning
Myth: Online courses are self-paced
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.
Myth: There is no
involvement with classmates
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.
Myth: 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.
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