Comfort Level With Computers
If you answered "No" to any of the Technical Consideration questions above, you may want to reconsider taking a course online. At the very least, you will have some technology to learn in addition to the curriculum of the course(s) you take, and you should make extra time in your schedule accordingly.All of the skills mentioned above are used in most of our online courses.
In the Learning Style Consideration questions, being able to answer the questions affirmatively is a good indicator that you are well suited to the online classroom environment. If your answers lean more toward the statements/questions in parentheses, then you may find the online learning environment less satisfying. Most of our online courses make use of a classroom discussion list that allows interaction between students and instructors as well as between students. However, email based interaction can be less satisfying than face-to-face communication for some learners. The online classroom requires you to structure your own schedule, balancing your time around the assignments/requirements of the class. Without the need to show up in a particular place at a designated time each week, some learners find it all too easy to put work off until the last minute. Much of the material covered in a typical online class will require you to learn from reading. This may include textbooks, Internet-based materials and written "lectures" or notes from your instructor. This self assessment has been created to help you decide if online learning is for you. It can serve as an indicator but not as a definitive answer.