Top 4 Myths You Should Know About Online Learning

After debunking myths about online learning, you quickly see that this option has many benefits. Students can earn an online college degree program in their own time.
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Online learning is growing in popularity, and for good reason. When exploring your education options, don’t let a few myths get in your way. You may just discover that an online college degree program is the right avenue for you.

  1. Online Courses Are Not Accredited

The first misconception about this type of learning is that courses taken from home on your computer are not accredited. This is totally false, as most colleges and universities that welcome online students are accredited, and most credits completed at these schools can be transferred.  Schools like Linfield are regionally accredited which means that our students can go on for an advanced degree (which is not always an option for students attending nationally accredited institutions) and that the college adheres to stricter ethical practices when it comes to things like recruiting, financial aid and academic policies.

  1. There Is No Instruction

The second myth is that students are required to teach themselves and that there is no instruction. The truth is that students are guided through recorded lectures, posted readings, discussion board interactions, and more. Professors are always accessible through email, and they can also be reached by phone during office hours. In addition, supplementary services like online tutoring are available to ensure your success.

  1. Internet Learning Is Easy

When working towards your online college certificate program, you’ll quickly discover that the thought that online learning is easy is nothing but a myth. Online classes are just as rigorous as their traditional classroom counterparts, and instructors will hold students to high standards. Our students will be given deadlines for all of their assignments, take tests and quizzes, and write several papers throughout each course.

  1. Fact.mythYou Won’t Have Any Direction

As with any other college or university, you’ll be given an academic advisor. This person is responsible for creating a course schedule that works for you, as well as giving advice as to which electives to take or what steps are needed to cover all graduation requirements. At Linfield, you can communicate with your advisor via email or make an appointment to chat over the phone as often as you need to. In addition, our career development team has developed a repository of useful resources on our website.

In this day and age, an online college degree program just makes sense—but it’s important to approach your coursework with the right mindset. Keep these myths in mind for a clearer perspective about what to expect from your classes, and how to best prepare for your learning experience.

 

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4 Ways to Make a Good Impression on Your Online Professor

When it comes to online college courses, professors are given a large number of students with no faces to tell them apart. Follow a few simple tips to make a good impression on your teacher.

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Since you likely won’t be meeting with your online professors face-to-face, it’s smart to go the extra mile to make a good impression. Not only will this let your instructor know that you are serious about the course and your education, but it also is a great way to help you stand out from among the rest of the names of those attending the class.

  1. Contact Your Professor Via Email

Start off each of your online college courses by sending your teacher a quick message. Briefly introduce yourself, let the instructor know you are excited about the class, and ask any questions you have that are relevant to the course requirements, the subject, or the program.

  1. Go Above and Beyond in the Discussion Boards

Many assignments in online colleges are given in discussion board format, which allows for interaction between students. If you want to impress your professor, try being the first to start the discussion. You’ll also want to respond to your classmates as they post their threads to the forum, as jumping into the discussions and fostering collaboration among your peers can show that you’re invested in the class and engaged with the material.

  1. Complete Your Assignments on Time

You won’t win any awards by turning in work after the deadline; in fact, that will give your instructor the opposite view from the one you seek. Instead, create a schedule for yourself that promotes promptness in completing classwork, as timely submissions show a professional attention to detail and can be a great way to maintain a good rapport with your professor.

  1. Proofread Your Work

Although the online college courses you’re working on may not be English classes, you will still need to turn in assignments that are grammatically free from errors, as mistake-riddled text will lose the confidence of your instructor. Once you finish drafting a paper or an email, take a few minutes to check it over. Use a word processing program that can quickly point out any misspelled words, and if you have a fresh pair of eyes handy, have them look the document over to see if they spot anything that needs to be fixed.

Should you follow the above advice, you’ll make a good impression on your professor in no time at all.

 

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If Alumni Nadia Petrov Could Earn Her BSN All Over Again, She Would

After completing the RN to BSN degree program, Nadia Petrov gained a deeper understanding of her profession, and she now has a brighter nursing career.

by Faith Hardersen, current Linfield student

During her RN to BSN program at Linfield College, Nadia Petrov not only earned a BSN degree, but she gained a new passion for her nursing profession.

After completing her RN program at Clackamas, Nadia realized that just obtaining an RN degree no longer made you stand out in the field. That’s when she turned to Linfield College’s RN to BSN program after her friend, who had finished the program years before, highly recommended it.

“The program at Linfield College was a great experience overall; if I could do it over, I would do it again!”

During Nadia’s program, she had the opportunity to take many classes from wonderful Linfield College professors. But one class stood out above the rest; Nadia was able to take a class focused on the Holocaust by Professor Boas. Her professor’s passion for the course’s subject helped ignite a passion for learning in Nadia.

“This class turned my worldview around, and gave me a new appreciation for life, for my profession, and helped me gain a new understanding of the trauma humans sustain.”

The Linfield College RN to BSN program offers unique opportunities for students to participate in experiential learning including internships, research, international service learning, and study abroad programs. Nadia jumped at this opportunity and used her skills at an inpatient treatment center where she was involved in hands-on community-related nursing.

“It was a great experience, and the facility had a great need for my participation. We were able to bring the medical care to a new level, which will assist recovering addicts in having their medical care tended to in a much better manner, following their incarceration.”

After completing her BSN degree, Nadia is now able to consider taking a promotion to become Director of Nursing at her facility. Linfield College helped her prepare for a brighter future in her nursing career.

“At Linfield College, each course gave me something new to walk away with, and I appreciated all professors, students, and opportunities.”

Fill out Linfield College’s application for the Online and Continuing Education Program to begin the rewarding journey from RN to BSN.

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