The Fact and Fiction of Online Training

You’ve probably heard some of the things people say about online courses:

“The courses are a lot easier than ‘regular’ courses, so you don’t learn as much.”

“You lose that ‘personal’ connection that you get in the classroom.”

“Employers don’t count online courses as actual training.”

Online courses employ a variety of methods to deliver instruction and assessments. I’ve taken numerous courses as degree requirements and for certification. Online learning offered me convenience and exposed me to a variety of delivery approaches including synchronous and asynchronous instruction, live meetings in virtual classrooms, web conferencing with learners in China, social interaction, and various eLearning applications. Overall, I’ve had very positive experiences and have found the courses both rigorous and engaging. Despite personal experiences from people like me and research that shows the efficacy of online courses, many misconceptions remain. Let’s take a look at a few.

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