Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Have You Been Swayed By Myths Of Online Learning?

In 2012, the rate of growth in online enrollments was ten times that of the rate in all higher education. Despite this fact, at Excellence In Learning, we often visit with parents who are particularly concerned that a degree via distance learning with the Accelerate University Program is a "less-than" option for their student. Forbes published a very helpful article examining the 6 most common myths about online learning.

The majority of these myths resonate primarily within the academic community. However, there are two that go to the heart of the concern we hear from parents. For your convenience, they are listed below.

Myth # 3:    The quality of outcomes is less for an online student than for one who has received the same instruction in a classroom.
Research over many decades has shown that the outcomes for those studying at a distance do not differ from those in a classroom. As much as our egos might wish otherwise, students don’t have to sit at our feet to learn. In fact, there has been such consistency of finding in this regard that the phrase “no significant difference” has become the expected hypothesis in making comparisons. 

Myth #5:    Credentials earned online are not accepted by employers. 
Over the past several years, Excelsior College and the Zogby organization have conducted nationwide surveys of employers and hiring officials to determine their perceptions of online certificates and degrees. The results of the survey in 2011 revealed that nearly two-thirds of those familiar with online education believe that a degree earned online is a credible as one earned through a traditional campus-based program. Respondents stated the most important factors in determining the credibility of an online degree were the accreditation of the institution awarding the degree and the quality of its graduates.

If you have wondered similar things regarding the Accelerate University Program, we encourage you to get your questions answered before making a final decision. The time and money wasted for the same recognition--a fully accredited bachelor's degree--are just too much of a risk simply because AU isn't the conventional approach to higher education.


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