5 Myths of Online Learning

Are you returning to school this semester? Are you dreading the impeding routine of being at school from dawn ‘till dusk, only to return home late in the evening for further study and class assignments? Well, you could go through all that schooling--the lectures, the discussion groups, the papers and presentations, the exams and pop quizzes--without ever leaving the comfort of your home. You already knew that? So what’s holding you back? Online learning has grown significantly over the last several years. Once seen as clunky, boring and ineffective in its early days, it has ballooned into an innovative learning experience offered by universities throughout the world, including Divine Mercy University. Learn about the online master’s degrees offered through Divine Mercy University. Despite its tremendous growth, there are still myths and misconceptions surrounding online education that have current and prospective students weary and unwilling to try it. Let’s take a look at these myths and, ultimately, squash them. 1) Online classes are not as effective as in-class learning You may have been excited at the thought of sailing through the course work at home instead of actually going to class. But, after thinking it through further, maybe you wondered if the online option will really be advantageous to your learning. Rest assured: online learning is designed to be the gold standard for students everywhere. Some students may have a difficult time learning key concepts in a faster-paced classroom, while others may disconnect from the class if the pace is too slow. The online option allows each student to take the time they need to learn and understand the core lessons and progress through the course at their own pace. 2) Online classes are too easy If you think you’ll just sail through the lessons all the way to the final exam, think again. Online courses demand as much time and attention as any course in a traditional classroom, and your instructor will likely be ready to compensate for your limitless resources with extra work to measure your progress. This can be anything from extra quizzes and written coursework to video presentations. Do not underestimate the workload...or your instructor. 3) Online classes are not accredited or respected by employers A college student graduating today without ever having to take a course online at some point is very unusual. Accredited colleges around the world have incorporated online courses into their curriculum, and more and more private educators are going through the rigorous process of gaining accreditation in order to include online courses in their programs as well. The rise of online courses also shows a growing respect from both employers as well, and many businesses today even require their workers to earn certain online certifications as part of their development. 4) Online courses lack interaction with the instructor and peers In the traditional classroom, students interact with the instructor and each other during discussions and often practice skills in small groups or in pairs. It’s no different in online courses. Students are able to discuss the lessons or application of a learned skill with the whole class through online social threads, receiving one-on-one feedback and seeing how everyone else approaches the same skill. This creates even greater opportunity for students to pick up more social nuances than they would in a classroom. So, instead of experiencing just a handful of social exchanges, online learners experience dozens and dozens of interactions. 5) There’s no accountability with online courses You may not be physically in the classroom, but your instructor is with you every step of the way. Online instructors know every assignment and activity a learner has or hasn’t completed, signaling learners’ progress through the course, and they have access to analytical tools where they can pinpoint and remedy any problem areas in the course that may arise, as well using keystroke tracking and browser blocking functions to cut down on cheating during test sessions. Thanks to the online social interaction, faculty members can follow up with their students to offer encouragement, coaching and direction while holding them accountable to apply the skills outside the classroom. Again, do not underestimate you instructor or the online workload. E-learning is here to make your learning more convenient Like the internet itself, online education is still growing and developing. Instructors are always finding ways to improve their courses and create better, innovative means to educate beyond the constraints of the traditional classroom, making it more convenient for you to focus on your education. Divine Mercy University offers online master’s programs in Psychology and Counseling. Sign up today to learn more.   Further Readings: Online Master’s Degrees: What’s the Difference? Kiwi priest completes U.S. degree by studying online

Online Master’s Degrees: What’s the Difference?

If you're new to the mental health arena, you may be wondering what differs between an education in psychology versus counseling. To help you figure out which course of study matches your career and vocation goals, we've created a comparison chart (below). The best thing about our online master's degrees is that they are both rooted in the Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person, which will give you the ability to use your faith to heal people who face mental health challenges. Better yet - both master's degrees offer an Early Admissions Scholarship (up to $3000 off tuition)! Apply today to qualify for this limited-time offer! To learn more, contact us at 703-416-1441 or admissions@divinemercy.edu.  

Sample Course: Common Psychological Problems

If you work with people on a daily basis, you would benefit from being able to recognize common psychological problems. Not only would this skill allow you to help others who face mental health challenges, but it would also position you as a leader in your workplace and community. In the online Master’s in Psychology program at Divine Mercy University, students learn about common psychological problems and their treatment in course PSY 565. As a result, students are able to come up with effective action plans when they diagnose someone with a mental illness.
Course Description: Students in this course examine the current theory and research associated with the diagnosis and treatment options of common psychological problems at the individual level (e.g., depression and anxiety) and at the relational level (e.g., marital distress and parenting problems). Students are introduced to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a classification system for adult and child mental disorders. Emphasis is placed on using the DSM and the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) Model approaches together for client story analysis (case conceptualization) and appropriate referrals.
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What Jobs Can I Get with a Psychology Degree?

An education in psychology can present you with many job opportunities. Besides the all-too-familiar role as a psychologist, there are countless other jobs in education, government, business, mental health and, even, ministry. The main skill that psychology students gain is the ability to understand how the human person thinks, acts and behaves. How they help people with mental health challenges depends on their area of expertise, level of education and experience. Here’s a snapshot of a few jobs you could get with a higher degree (master’s or doctorate) in psychology: Recommended Degree – Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology Market Researcher: To develop an integrated business strategy, a market researcher is responsible for gathering information about target markets or customers. This duty is performed best with knowledge about how people think and behave. A psychology degree also helps them make unbiased conclusions from data and understand the importance of diverse surveying and its impact on results. Human Resource Manager: This role requires someone who is able to work effectively with a diverse group of people, which calls for an understanding of the mind and behavior. Instances of when this degree can be applied is when dealing with an employee with a mental illness, managing reports of sexual assault and instituting collaboration in a work setting. Pastor, Priest or Leader in Ministry: This role consists of helping others in need – mentally and spiritually on a daily basis, which requires them to provide sound counsel to members of their church. Oftentimes these roles become the first in line to help those in need. With a degree in psychology, they learn how to understand and address problems associated with individuals and families on a deeper level.  Consequently, they can address the problems of a diverse group of people and give them support to maintain their relationships, grow, heal and flourish.  Vocational Rehabilitation Provider: This person works with individuals with disabilities, special needs and mental health issues to help them seek employment that is achievable despite a prequalifying condition. Being knowledgeable about psychological problems and learning how to deal with stress will allow this person to aid their clients more efficiently and with great care. Recommended Degree – Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology Psychology Faculty or Professor: To be a proficient educator in this field of study, having a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology will allow you to teach beginners and advanced courses. It will also allow you to teach at colleges and universities with competitive programs. Additionally, this degree (along with experience) will allow you to become a licensed psychologist. Clinical Psychologist: This role consists of providing mental and behavioral health care to individuals and groups, which requires in-depth knowledge and practical clinical training. These skills allow them to address mental health challenges in a variety of settings, including private practice, outpatient clinics, consultation, and with the military. The days of only using a psychology degree in a clinical setting is evolving to help people who work in diverse environments. As a result, more people are able to help combat mental health challenges of their peers, coworkers and employees on a day-to-day basis. Learn more about our psychology programs at Divine Mercy University.
About DMU
Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate university of psychology and counseling programs. It was founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology, Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling, Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology, and Certificate Programs.