Welcome to Chancellor Brahm’s final myth in this weeks series. Today’s myth looks at the support that online students receive. Many people think that online students are lost in a desert wasteland when it comes to services and help along their education journey. If online education is being done right, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Read what Chancellor Brahm has to say below.
Myth #5: Online Students are on Their Own
One of the great benefits of online education is that each student not only progresses at his/her own speed, but does so with the ability to actively seek out support and guidance from faculty and staff that has a vested interest in seeing students succeed. Importantly, most online classes are limited to 25-30 students whereas on ground instruction can be two or three times that number sometimes running into the hundreds listening in an auditorium.
In the online world, students have lots of options including regular video and conference calls with their instructors, who often will reach out to them if a period of time has elapsed without interaction. Students are encouraged to engage in peer-to-peer sessions both online and in person. This is the ideal environment for students to advocate for themselves in a comprehensive learning environment.
For example, some of our Brandman initiatives provide personal coaching, an advisor for each student, and student services provided by one-stop experts so that students won’t need to navigate the phone system to receive the attention they need.