If you have been searching the net for info on online TEFL courses then you might have found some info on Reddit usually in the subreddit r/tefl on TEFL courses.
So what's the mindset there?
r/tefl is very pro-CELTA and generally anti-online TEFL and anti pretty much any other course besides CELTA or Trinity TESOL.
If you look through any post there related to online TEFL then someone there will say something like "take the cheapest course you can get or a CELTA".
Why do they think that way?
Is there any truth to this advice?
It's a seemingly pragmatic way of looking at TEFL certification. The idea is that to many schools it won't matter if the certificate is a cheapo Groupon course or the university of Toronto's $1000 course run by a recruiter.
It's true, but I'd like to add some more details: a CELTA, the $1200 U of T course, the $39 Groupon course or a fake certificate will look the same to many schools.