Taking on the myths about online education

June 19, 2018

A recent article challenging the accessibility and quality of online education includes a number of misconceptions of this mode of learning, write Jeff Vallance and Barbara Wilson-Keates of Athabasca University. The authors begin by challenging the notion that the quality of interactions within an online setting is not as high as it is in an in-person one. “The quality and degree of interactions within an online course are driven by the instructor,” note the authors, adding that “with personalized learning, multiple discussion threads, and extensive instructor involvement, it is our experience that online learning provides more opportunities for interaction with classmates and instructors.” The authors then go on to challenge other misconceptions about online education. University Affairs