Myth 1 : One need to be technically savvy for teaching online
Reality : Off course every one who teaches offline cant become online tutor overnight. But at the same time you don’t need to be technical expert for teaching online. Initially you might find it difficult to use few tools/applications like PowerPoint, Skype, video editing tools etc., but over the time you used to them. Please remember experimentation is key here.
Myth 2 : Online teaching will take less time
Reality : On the face it appears like, once online material is prepared and uploaded you can sit back and your students will learn on their own. The reality is, preparing online course material can be as hectic as classroom teaching, specially first time. You actually need to be extra careful in preparing course material as you are not teaching face to face. This might take a lot of time initially. But once prepared you can reach out to many students at the same time.
Myth 3 : There will be less participation in online course
Reality : If you engage students in right way, there will me more engagement. Students who has language barrier or shy by nature may not come forwarded during face to face teaching. They can now participate in online discussions. Also collaborative tools will help students engage with each other along with tutor. So if promoted right way, online teaching can engage students more compared to classroom training.
Myth 4 : Students don’t receive attention as online class size is bigger than classroom
Reality : Generally online learning is not constrained by timings, there are more opportunities for students to interact with fellow students and with teachers. They can email/chat with each other any time and receive one to one help. Also technological advancements helping to serve right content to each student. Teachers can spend more time with students who need extra help. In short, students can actually get more attention in online courses.
Myth 5 : Students perceive online courses are qualitatively inferior compared to traditional courses
Reality : The quality of course is not determined by medium of delivery. Its like saying face to face discussion is qualitatively superior than discussion on mobile phone. A number of critical factors like quality of tutor, instructional approaches and learner engagement matters most than medium of delivery.