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Myth vs. Reality

Your first online class can be very different than in a traditional setting. Often online classes are more interactive, yet more challenging and require different study skills than what many students expect. Understanding how online learning is different from a face-to-face classroom will help you be more successful. 

Common Myths about Online Learning

Myth 1: Online Learning Takes Less Time 

Reality: Online learning demands as much time as a face-to-face course. While specific expectations will vary by course and instructor, plan to spend roughly 10 hours per week for each online course, devoted to coursework - reading, preparing assignments, and communicating with your classmates and instructor. 

To find out more about your area of interest, contact a program coordinator.

Myth 2: Online Learning Takes Less Work 

Reality: UC's online courses are as rigorous and demanding as its face-to-face courses. Be prepared to work hard. Online courses give you time flexibility as to when and where to complete coursework, perform research, use online resources, and revisit material as you need, on your schedule.  However, the work load is not any easier.

To find out more about your area of interest, contact a program coordinator.

Myth 3: Online Students Work In Isolation 

Reality: The online learning tools used in your courses, such as discussion boards, instant messaging, online chat, video conferencing, document sharing and a variety of others, allow you to work alongside and get to know your classmates and instructors. In fact, you may find that online learning provides more opportunities for interaction than the face-to-face enviroment. 

To find out more about your area of interest, contact a program coordinator.

Myth 4: Online Courses Do Not Have Real Instructors  

Reality: Your online instructors are the same faculty who teach in our face-to-face classrooms.  University of Cincinnati faculty are respected by employers nationwide.  At UC, you get the benefit of a degree from nationally ranked programs at a highly reputable institution.

To find out more about your area of interest, contact a program coordinator.

Myth 5: Employers Do Not Respect Online Degrees 

Reality: Whether taking classes online or face-to-face, a degree from the University of Cincinnati is highly respected by employers nationwide.  At UC, you get the benefit of a degree from nationally ranked programs at a reputable institution. View U.S. News and World Report rankings for the University of Cincinnati.

To find out more about your area of interest, contact a program coordinator.