Self Evaluation for Potential Online Students
Online learning is not for everyone. Will it fit with your lifestyle, circumstances and learning style? Here are some basic questions to ask yourself in deciding if online learning is right for you:
Do you have access to a computer and an Internet connection?
Online learning requires that you have a computer with a reliable internet connection. The use of laptops and large tablets is satisfactory, but use of smaller devices is not recommended.
Do you feel like you can obtain quality education without a face-to-face instructor?
Some people prefer interacting face-to-face.
Can you devote 5 to 9 hours a week in a 15 week course and 10-12 hours a week for a 8-10 week course?
One advantage to online learning is the flexibility it provides in doing coursework, but expect to dedicate 5 to 9 hours a week.
Do you consider yourself to be a self-motivated and self-disciplined person?
You will need to motivate yourself to meet the course schedule and assignment expectations.
When it comes to doing course work and meeting deadlines do you tend to procrastinate?
Successful online learners log in to their courses regularly and participate often. Waiting until the last minute to submit assignments can cause increased stress and frustration.
Do you feel comfortable expressing yourself in writing?
Communication within online learning usually occurs electronically, so being able to write effectively is very helpful.
Online courses can be very heavy writing intensive because the online discussions are often written with multiple replies.
Do you enjoy reading?
Online learning will require that you spend a considerable amount of time reading.
Do you feel you benefit from class discussions?
While class discussions take place in online learning, it is not the same environment as a classroom.
Do you think the learning experience is enhanced through the sharing of experiences in life, work and education?
Will you be willing to participate in open discussions with others?
Are you comfortable in the current technologies of computers, email and the internet?
You should be sure you can function and learn effectively using the latest technologies.