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Considering online classes but having doubts? We don’t blame you.

When it comes to online vs. traditional education, myths abound. Those that have never enrolled in classes at an online college or online university may tell you they aren’t challenging. That you’ll be bored or lonely, or, even worse, that if you have any kind of problem, you’re left completely on your own.

It’s time to refute those myths. Online classes aren’t just convenient and economical, they’re challenging, fun, and interactive. In an effort to separate fact from fiction, we’re debunking seven myths about online classes, from books and discussions to getting the help you need, when you need it.

  1. They’re easy.
    Think online classes are a walk in the park? Think again. When it comes to online vs. traditional education, online classes are every bit as demanding as campus-based classes, so be prepared to be challenged.

  2. You can hide behind your computer.
    You might be able to hide in the last row of a traditional classroom, but you can’t hide online. Classes at online universities are all about participation. It’s not only a key factor in learning, it’s often a factor in your grade. (Spoiler alert: You might find yourself enjoying it!)

  3. You’ll be alone.
    Online classes are not a lonely endeavor. On the contrary, through regular discussions and participation, you’ll be surprised to find yourself immersed in a community of online learners that not only makes you feel more connected to others, but helps you learn more and have some fun in the process.

  4. You’ll have time to spare.
    Online classes may save you the time it takes to commute back and forth to class, but they won’t save you time in terms of workload. When it comes to coursework, online colleges are as demanding as campus-based institutions—another online vs. traditional education myth worth discrediting.

  5. You won’t need books.
    Since you’ll be doing just as much reading in your online classes as you would in any campus-based class, you’ll need just as many books. Whether you choose e-books or traditional textbooks, your online classes will definitely keep you reading.

  6. You won’t have help.
    Many people fear that if they encounter problems while taking online classes, they’ll be on their own. That couldn’t be further from the truth. From technical issues to writing assistance, online universities are equipped with resources to ensure you succeed.

  7. You won’t get to know your online classmates and/or instructor.
    You may not realize it at first, but all the online classroom participation you’ll be doing will wind up connecting you to classmates and instructors in a way you never thought possible. It may sound odd, but you’ll never look at learning the same way.

Ready to try online classes for yourself? Featuring cutting-edge technology and dozens of online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs to choose from, Walden University can help you change your world and the world of others.

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