Welcome! 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.

Online courses. Participation in online courses requires specific equipment, including a fairly powerful computer, a connection to the Internet and an independent learning style. The courses will use conferencing software and e-mail to enhance learning via increased access to faculty experts, who will guide you through the course. Your primary interaction with faculty and students will be by e-mail.

How well would an Online course fit your circumstances and life-style? Select one answer for each question and score as directed below.


3 points 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.


The 10 questions in the questionnaire reflect some of the facts about taking Online courses:
1. Online students sometimes can end up neglecting courses because of personal or professional circumstances unless they have compelling reasons for taking the course.
2. Some students prefer the independence of an online course; others find it uncomfortable.
3. Online courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes.
4. Some people learn best by physically interacting with other students and instructors, but online courses employ e-mail and online conferences for interaction.
5. Online courses require you to work from written direction without face-to-face instructions.
6. Online courses require a working computer and a reliable internet connection.
7. Online courses require at least as much time as on-campus courses.
8. Online courses frequently use technology for teaching and communications.
9. On-screen materials are the primary source of directions and information in online courses.
10. Some online courses require some travel to complete proctored exams.

Adapted from a questionnaire developed by Bob Loser, Jean Trabandit, Barbara Hathway and Teresa Donnell of Northern Virginia Community College's Extended Learning Institute.

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