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Is Online Learning Right For Me?
Online courses might be convenient but not necessarily easier. Many students like the flexible scheduling and the control they have over their own learning when taking courses online. However, it is important to note that these college-level courses will be just as demanding as traditional face to face courses while requiring the student to learn new ways of participating and interacting with the instructor, fellow students, and the course content.
Read each question below, and then select the one answer that is most true for you from the answers provided. Add the scores that appear next to each answer to generate a score which will help you determine if Online Learning is your best option. There are no right or wrong answers, so be honest.
My technology access is best described as...
(3 POINTS) I have a computer at home with Internet access and I have my own e-mail account.
(2 POINTS) I have regular access to a computer with Internet access, have my own e-mail account and have permission to download files.
(1 POINT) I don't have a computer or an e-mail address.
My technology skills are...
(3 POINTS) Good. I can use e-mail, Web browsers, word-processing software, and can download files and create attachments. I like trying to solve technology problems on my own and don't get frustrated easily.
(2 POINTS) Average. I can use e-mail, Web browsers and word-processing software. I don't feel comfortable solving technology problems on my own.
(1 POINT) Very basic. I have used e-mail, Web browsers and word-processing software, but I get frustrated when things don't work the way they should.
Face-to-face communication is...
(3 POINTS) Not essential to me. I am comfortable learning without face-to-face interaction.
(2 POINTS) Important to me and I wonder about my ability to learn without being able to see the instructor or other students.
(1 POINT) Essential and I learn only if I can interact in person with the instructor and other students.
When I need help in class...
(3 POINTS) Feel comfortable asking questions and asking for help.
(2 POINTS) I hesitate to ask questions of the instructor, but I will ask for help if I need it.
(1 POINT) I often feel intimidated asking questions or asking for help.
The amount of uninterrupted time I have to devote to an online class is...
(3 POINTS) 12 hours or more per week, anytime during the day or night.
(2 POINTS) 9-12 hours per week, mainly at night.
(1 POINT) Less than 9 hours per week.
I would describe my personal style as...
(3 POINTS) Self-motivated, self-disciplined and organized.
(2 POINTS) Motivated, but I need help remembering assignments and due dates.
(1 POINT) Spontaneous and not too disciplined. I need someone to motivate me and help me stay on top of my coursework.
My reading and writing abilities are...
(3 POINTS) Above average. I enjoy reading and writing and have confidence in my abilities.
(2 POINTS) OK. I read well but I'm not comfortable expressing myself in writing.
(1 POINT) Below average. I don't like reading and look for classes without a lot of writing assignments.
When it comes to analyzing class materials and expressing my own opinions about them I feel...
(3 POINTS) Confident; I can analyze class materials and formulate opinions on what I've learned.
(2 POINTS) A bit nervous; I can sometimes analyze class materials and form opinions but it is a struggle for me.
(1 POINT) Like I would rather do this with a group guiding me; analyzing material is not something I do well.
Class discussions are...
(3 POINTS) Important to me and useful in helping me learn the information presented in class. I almost always participate in class discussions.
(2 POINTS) Somewhat important to my learning. I sometimes participate in class discussions.
(1 POINT) Not very useful to me. I don't usually participate in class discussions.
When it comes to learning...
(3 POINTS) I welcome opportunities to learn new things and master new technologies.
(2 POINTS) I get nervous around new technologies, but I like to learn.
(1 POINT) I get very nervous around technology and would rather not try it.
I am considering taking online courses because...
(3 POINTS) I've taken an online class before and enjoyed the experience.
(2 POINTS) I'm curious about online classes and have room in my schedule.
(1 POINT) I need the class for a graduation requirement or job situation and I can't fit it in to my campus schedule.
What score did you get? (This is determined by adding up the point values for each of your answers)
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