We are pleased that you are interested in using distance learning to increase
your knowledge or complete a degree. We are certain you, too, will be
pleased by this experience.
well would an Online course fit your circumstances and life-style? Select
one answer for each question and score as directed below.
are given for each "A" that you selected, 2 for each "B,"
and 1 for each "C." If you scored 20 or more,
an online course is a real possibility for you.
If you scored between 11 and 20, online courses may work
for you, but you may need to make a few adjustments in your schedule and
study habits to succeed.
If you scored 10 or less, online courses may not currently
be the best alternative for you; talk to your advisor.
questions in the questionnaire reflect some of the facts about taking
- Online students sometimes can end up neglecting courses because of
personal or professional circumstances unless they have compelling reasons
for taking the course.
- Some students prefer the independence of an online course; others find
- Online courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they
can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes.
- Some people learn best by physically interacting with other students
and instructors, but online courses employ e-mail and online conferences
- Online courses require you to work from written direction without face-to-face
- Online courses require a working computer and a reliable internet connection.
- Online courses require at least as much time as on-campus courses.
- Online courses frequently use technology for teaching and communications.
- On-screen materials are the primary source of directions and information
in online courses.
- Some online courses require some travel to complete proctored exams.
from a questionnaire developed by Bob Loser, Jean Trabandit, Barbara Hathway
and Teresa Donnell of Northern Virginia Community College's Extended Learning