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Misconceptions about Online Learning

UIC is an institutional member of EDUCAUSE, a leading non-profit community of 100,000+ individuals at member institutions committed to advancing higher education. If you are interested in learning more about this group and perhaps want to join, note that membership is free for faculty and staff at UIC. An article published recently called 4 Misconceptions of Online Learning outlined four main misconceptions of online learning that are often brought up by faculty and students. The article provides some practical strategies on how to deal with these misconceptions.

Think about the four misconceptions as outlined below. What is your response to them? What strategies do you already use to mitigate these misconceptions about online learning?

  • Misconception One: Faculty can’t assign group work online to students.
  • Misconception Two: Faculty have to lecture in a synchronous format for students to learn the content.
  • Misconception Three: There are no “A-ha!” moments in online learning.
  • Misconception Four: Faculty can’t teach as much content online as they do face-to-face.