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The Top 5 Myths Of Online Study & Why So Many Australians Now Study Online

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The Top 5 Myths Of Online Study & Why So Many Australians Now Study Online

The Online Study Revolution – Debunking the Myths of Online Study

So you want to study online?

Online and Distance Studies are Highly Beneficial to StudentsOnline courses are growing hugely in popularity and it’s no wonder! The benefits of studying online are almost endless, including access to a huge variety of courses on offer, significantly lower costs, NO classrooms, amazing amounts of flexibility so you can study when and where you want, 24/7 availability of course content and an improved work life balance.

Despite these amazing benefits, there are still some myths surrounding online study. We’ve myth busted the top 5 below!

Online Course Myth 1 – Online study is ‘distant’

Truth? Students that study online often get better support with the right organisation!

While online learning can be physically distant, technology, both new and old, is bridging the gap between trainer and student every day. Students have access to a wide variety of tools and resources to ensure they never feel disconnected to their tutor and peers. Methods of contact differ between training organisations, but may include:

  1. Online forums
  2. Web-chat
  3. Telephone
  4. Email
  5. Student messaging systems.


Online Course Myth 2 – Online study is easier than face-to-face

Truth? Both online and face-to-face require similar amount of dedication, time and effort!

Difficulty of study is hugely dependent on students’ individual learning style, however, online courses generally require around the same amount of time and effort as a traditional face-to-face course.

Myth! Did you know – 82% of hiring managers disagree with the idea that online learning is easier!


  1. 79% of hiring managers have hired an applicant who has completed an online course in the past 12 months
  2. 87% believe that online courses are respected as much as a traditional degree
  3. 70% of HR professionals disagree with the idea that traditional degree earners have better time management skills.

A large majority of courses available through online and distance learning are comprised of the same course material as the face-to-face delivery. As students have access to identical information, the only way online learning is easier, is through the availability and flexibility available to students.


Online Course Myth 3 – Online study is heavily focused on technology

Truth? All you need is a computer and Internet connection!Online and Distance Learning Have High Completion Rates

The reality is that online learning courses only require the Internet and a computer. As a rule of thumb, as long as students have the skills to interact in a basic online environment, then distance learning is more than achievable!

Complicated tools and fancy software is not required, and studying an online education through distance learning means you can access all of your course materials through your college’s student portal.


Online Course Myth 4 – Online study impacts course completion

Truth? With the right training organisation, online students can have excellent completion rates!

There is a myth floating around that students who study online are less likely to graduate than those who are enrolled in a traditional school. Generally, an unmotivated student will not finish a course regardless of whether it is online or within a traditional face-to-face college.

Research shows there is no difference in outcomes for those studying distance learning program, as opposed to in the classroom.

Online learning courses offer an extremely flexible study timetable as opposed to face-to-face and student help is available through study forums and access to tutors via email, phone and learning portals.


Online Course Myth 5 – Online study is not equal to face-to-face

Truth? In many cases, online learning comprises of the same course content as a face-to-face qualification!

While in the past this may have been true, today 3/4 of academic leaders believe an online education is just as good, if not better, than one earned at a traditional college or institution. Whether a qualification is gained online or in class, it is identical. Providers, like Inspire Education, who offer nationally accredited and nationally recognised courses, means the certification is of a standard endorse by the National Training Register.

An additional benefit of online learning is the pricing. Online courses are generally cheaper (saving you both time and money!) than a traditional face-to-face vocational training course.


So what are you waiting for? Get your career on the fast-track with an online learning course today! Check out Inspire’s top online learning courses:

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Online Course
Study online with the Cert IV Work Health and Safety
Aged Care Courses and Child Care Courses are available through distance learning
Complete your English teaching course online with a TESOL certification 

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  • Brian Matthews says:

    As a retired lecturer who championed online study, I agree with all of the points made but disagree with the overall conclusion. Distance Education is more difficult for most students because most students rely on the regular prompts that face-to-face teaching gives and the things they learn from peers informally. Any student planning distance education must focus on his/her personal organisation and focus on developing prompts for study – e.g., a regular time and place to study, minimising distractions, completing readings, online postings etc., diarising deadlines for major work and chipping away at these over the semester.

    I do believe that distance education and the online environment is important to modern education but I am afraid that there is also a myth that distance education is easier, not harder than face-to-face. Neither are easy. Both take planning and organisation. Students who have difficulty in these areas and ‘self starting’ will struggle more with distance education, though.

    • Hi Brian,
      Thanks for your comment! You’ve made some fantastic points about online versus face-to-face. I guess it really does depend on personality, learning style and overall preference. You are absolutely right that neither are easy! A lot of people are of the belief that an online qualification is of a lesser standard than one earned in a traditional school – definitely not the case hey?!

  • Jason terry says:

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  • Jason terry says:

    Not smoking so much today @ I’m going to try to get in to Ground Floor this afternoon to play Piano 🙂

  • Patricia Quarry says:

    Found this page interesting. I would love to get back into study but find it daunting and difficult in a class room environment, plus travelling from a semi isolated area makes it difficult to get to a learning facility.

    • Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for your comment! The minimised travel time is one of the biggest benefit with online learning. I definitely understand it can be daunting to get back into study, but remember trainers are only a phone call or email away and always happy to help 🙂

      Were you looking at getting back into study at some stage?

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  • Mahmoud suliman says:

    Very good way

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