Is an Online Course Right For You?
Answer these questions and then go to the
Explanation page for more information.
a reader, I would classify myself as:
a. Good - I usually understand the text without help.
b. Average - I sometimes need help to understand the text.
c. Slower than average.
rate my skills in completing the following Internet tasks:
navigating the Internet,
attaching a file to an email message
downloading a program from the
Internet and installing it
doing a search on the Web
I am asked to use VCRs, computers, voice mail, or other technologies new to me:
a. I look forward to learning new skills.
b. I feel apprehensive, but try it anyway.
c. I put it off and try to avoid it.
4. My need to
take this course now is:
High - I need it immediately for a degree, job, or other important
b. Moderate - I could take it on campus later or substitute another course.
c. Low - It's a personal interest that could be postponed.
that I am part of a class is:
a. Not particularly important to me
b. Somewhat important to me.
c. Very important to me.
6. I would
classify myself as someone who:
a. Often gets things done ahead of
b. Has no problem getting things done
c. Puts things off until the last
Classroom discussion is:
a. Rarely helpful to me.
b. Sometimes helpful to me.
c. Almost always helpful to me.
8. When an instructor hands out
directions for an assignment, I prefer:
a. Figuring out the instructions
b. Trying to follow the directions on
my own, then asking for help as needed.
the instructions explained to me.
9. I need
instructor responses to my questions and assignments:
a. Within a week, so I can review
what I did.
b. Within a few days, or I forget
what I did.
c. Right away, or I get very
10. Considering my professional and
personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on online courses is:
a. Six or more hours a week
to six hours a week.
than four hours a week.
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Last updated 2/08/07