10 myths about distance learning

The 21st century is the information age. Education here is the main criterion. It is fashionable to have a higher education, it is prestigious, it is profitable. Having a higher education means keeping up with the times.

With the development of technology, the systems of the tourism business, medicine, the media and other areas of human activity are being improved.

Of course, the education system is being improved. Therefore, We Are Improving! The 21st century gives us a new form of education - on-line education (distance education). Distance learning solves three main problems at once: the problem of time, the problem of money, the problem of distance. People who have never used the services of distance education purposely create myths and fables about him.

Myth 1. Online tutoring = tutor via distance learning. 

In fact, distance learning and distance learning are completely different things. And the point here is not even the venue ... Distance learning involves not only the exchange of information and control of assimilation, but also provides opportunities for organizing communication with both the teacher and students. Studying in the correspondence department, you need to attend lectures at least every six months for a month. Distance learning - home teaching.

Myth 2. Distance learning exists only for expert PC users. 

In order to learn on-line, at the first stage only initial computer skills are needed: the ability to turn on and turn off the computer, work in Microsoft Office and with the Internet.

Myth 3. With distance education, the quality of knowledge is lower than with other forms of education. 

It all depends on you! You individually study the necessary scientific literature, decide the control, communicate remotely with a tutor, an experienced teacher on the Internet. You choose your working pace at which the quality of the knowledge will be maximum.

Myth 4. With distance learning, insufficient contact with the teacher. 

Being on distance learning, you communicate with your teacher via e-mail, in chat rooms, in the classroom using Skype and a virtual whiteboard. The teacher sees a complete picture of your successes and failures, can track your every step in the distance class, prompt in time, tell you what is the cause of your mistakes. At any time convenient for you, you can receive the necessary advice from highly qualified teachers with extensive experience in teaching and training applicants.

Myth 5. When learning on-line information only in print. 

Thanks to the use of new information and telecommunication technologies, you can not only study the materials that are located on the site (the student has access to this educational information), not only information from the Internet sites, but also communicate personally with the teacher in Skype, which allows you to use visual and auditory memory, attend on-line lessons, view video lectures, presentations, listen to audio lectures. All this helps not only to better and deeper study the new material, but also makes it possible to listen to it again in order to better remember the necessary information.

Myth 6. During distance learning there are no practical exercises. 

You are sent practical tasks that must be completed. If you have any difficulties, you can contact your online tutor for an individual on-line consultation. This will serve as an analogue of full-time practical training. The only difference is that on-line consultations will be held at a convenient time for you. Different types of tasks and tests are placed in the remote environment. Which show your achievements on-line.

Myth 7. With on-line training, poor organization of discipline and schedule.

Responsible for discipline and schedule - only you. It is you who make up your plan for completing tasks, spend the necessary amount of time and effort, just as much as you need. You choose the place of employment: at home, on the lawn or on the river bank. Agree that it is much more convenient! An individual approach and regularity of classes will provide the optimum volume and the necessary depth of knowledge. Studying will not interfere with your work, personal and public life!

Myth 8. On-line training is expensive. 

Distance education is now cheaper than getting any other form of education. You do not need to spend money on tickets from city to city, on buses and the metro, on renting housing and other waste, which entail full-time, evening and distance learning. You are engaged on-line, pay directly for the information and help of a tutor.

Myth 9. The complexity of “honest” certification of distance education, the value of the diploma is doubtful. 

Everyone receives for themselves the information, the skills that they want to acquire. Education is necessary for us. The integrity of the certification depends on your integrity. You build your own life. It is in your interest to pay for knowledge, not for crusts. You have the right to defend the assessment and confirm your level of knowledge. The distance learning process is based on state standards of higher education, the requirements of the order of the Ministry of Education and Science “On the use of distance education technologies”, the latest techniques developed by the Institute of Communication Technologies and international research centers. Diplomas and certificates of students who have received distance education are absolutely legitimate throughout the country and abroad.

Myth 10. Distrust of the organizers of the educational process. 

Unfortunately, there are sites on the Internet where, under the guise of distance learning, they will offer you email communication according to the scheme: we are your task - you are our solution. When choosing a place for distance learning, be sure to visit open distance lessons or orientation classes, then you will clearly imagine what awaits you. Distance learning allows you to take courses in preparation for passing the exam, advanced training and professional retraining. Distance education is one of the most profitable learning methods for a modern person!

Originally published May 2, 2019