Don’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to taking college classes online. For example:
1. Online classes are easier than classroom versions. False! Parkland’s online courses are interactive, engaging, and require attentiveness on the part of the student. Not only will you have required assignments and activities in the online environment, but you’ll also have offline readings as well.
2. Online learning is just a bunch of emails back and forth. False! The software programs available to online learning providers, like Parkland, allow students to see, hear, and respond to instructors. Many courses include discussions, readings, and video activities, in addition to tests and assignments. Most students in online classes report as much or more interaction and engagement as in a campus-based classroom.
3. Online classes aren’t as effective as their classroom counterparts. Again, false! Online classes at Parkland are part of the regular academic departments and are taught by the same instructors who teach in the classroom. Many offer the same exam schedule and cover the exact same material in the online version as in the classroom.
Parkland College prides itself on being one of the leaders in distance learning in the state of Illinois, so you can be confident that your online education will be a valuable experience!