As online universities become increasingly popular, a culture of misinformation that clings to traditional classrooms has painted a negative stereotype of the online student. The Stereotypes of the Online College Student Infographic shows how these uninformed opinions of online college students miss the mark.
5 Stereotypes of the Online College Student Infographic
- Online students aren't smart enough for a traditional education
Myth: An online education is for those who can't cut it in “real" academia
Fact: Over 3/4 of academic leaders believe that an online education is just as goo, if not better, than one at a traditional institution.
- Online students are simply “buying" a degree
Myth: Online college is little more than a simple way to pad a résumé
Fact: An online degree can take less time than a traditional degree, but still requires hard work.
- Online learners are just weirdos who don’t want “real” degrees
Myth: Online learners want to get degrees in ludicrous fields.
Fact: Out of the 5 top degrees for online learners, 4 are in the top 5 degrees of traditional learners
- Online learners are just slackers
Myth: People who choose an online education are too lazy to go to a “real" college
Fact: Online learners are generally more motivated to succeed
- Online learners are antisocial basement dwellers
Myth: People who pursue an online degree are too scared of social interaction to move out of their parents’ house.
Fact: An online education provides more one-on-one interaction and requires a healthy social life