Online study is now widely accepted and embraced all around the world. While more and more people are choosing to study online there are still a few common myths that arise from time to time – IAJN decided to have a chat with Swinburne Online to get to the bottom of the matter.
Myth 1: An online degree is not the same as a 'real degree'.
Do people who study an online degree receive the same qualification?
"Students studying with Swinburne Online receive the exact same qualifications as students studying on campus with Swinburne University of Technology and all of our students are welcomed as part of the Swinburne University learning community.
As a member of this community, you will have access to a number of student services such as career advice, student loans and student associations to make sure you get the most out of your time during your study journey. "
Myth 2: Studying online means studying alone.
Students are worried they will interact less with others, does studying online mean studying alone?
"We know how important it is to feel supported when you are studying, that’s why we keep classes small, to ensure online students receive constant feedback and make it easier to collaborate with your peers.
Studying online provides many opportunities to form close-knit communities with others through study groups, social networks and the virtual classroom. In fact, many of our students form lasting friendships with friends they have met through their course.
We also have Student Advisors who are happy to answer any of your questions seven days a week. Your experience as an online student will be just as colourful and exciting as those studying on-campus and we are with you all the way to graduation and beyond."
Myth 3: I am too old to study online and no good with computers!
Some people tell us they are too old for online study and not very good with computers, what age are students and how difficult is studying online?
"Swinburne Online students range in age from 17-87 years old and are proof that age is no barrier to lifelong learning!
With very basic computer skills, you can easily navigate online study, and all our students have access to our support services, online tutors and an extremely helpful student community. We also provide students with an online orientation, which goes over our online systems in detail so that you will be confident once you start your units.
Online study is also a great option for those who have family and career commitments and who can't travel to another country to earn an international qualification."
Well there you have it. An online learning experience provides the exact same qualification, high levels of interaction and support with the opportunity to make lifelong friends - sounds pretty great to us! Check out Swinburne Online's tips on how to make the most of online study here.
If you are interested in more information on international study options get in touch with [email protected]