Is An Online Course Right For You?
The ten questions in the
survey reflect some of the facts about taking online courses.
Textual materials presented on the Internet are the primary source of directions and information for online courses;
therefore, strong reading skills are very important for success in an online
You should be able to complete the following
Internet tasks to be successful in an online course: navigate the Internet, use
email, including attaching a file to an email message, download a program from
the Internet and install it, and doing a search on the Web.
courses require frequent and diverse uses of technology for accessing
information and assignments; therefore, you need to be comfortable working with
various types of technology to be successful in an online course.
students sometimes neglect courses because of personal or professional
circumstances, unless they have specific and compelling reasons for taking the
course. Procrastination is the most common pitfall in taking an online course;
don't let it happen to you!
Some students prefer
the independence of online courses, others find it uncomfortable.
courses offer students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more
self-discipline than on-campus courses.
Some people learn best by interacting with others.
Interacting in an online course is different than a on ground course.
Students need to take responsibility for contacting other students and the
instructor when they have questions. Otherwise the instructor will
assume that everything is fine.
courses require more self-direction since face-to-face instructions are
sometimes not available.
online courses, instructors are not able to respond to questions immediately
like they are in on-campus classes.
courses require AT LEAST as much dedicated time by the student as on-campus
courses. Typically, successful students report spending more time - not less -
than for a regularly scheduled class.
Which of these
characteristics are your strengths?
Which of these
characteristics cause you concern?
permission from the California Virtual Campus Orientation to Online Learning
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Last updated 2/08/07