Online Learning Myths
Myth: I can take as long as I want.
Fact: Online courses have definite due dates for accomplishing reading, participating in discussions and other activities.
Myth: Online courses are easy credits.
Fact: Although you are given the freedom not to meet in class, these courses have the same rigor and expectations as classroom courses.
Myth: Broken computers are great excuses.
Fact: Most instructors will not accept excuses involving broken equipment. You are highly recommended to use your school, library, etc. as resources.
Myth: I can hide out and remain anonymous.
Fact: Online courses are highly participatory and instructors expect a high level of commitment to discussions.
Myth: Cramming your work into one logon session is fine.
Fact: Many instructors require students to log on several times a week to ensure maximum learning and participation.
Myth: It is OK to procrastinate.
Fact: Students must be self-directed learners. Studies indicate those who succeed with online courses take responsibility for meeting deadlines.
Source: UNLV Online Education.