How well would a distance education course fit your circumstances and lifestyle? A
successful distance learner needs certain skills, most importantly, a high degree
of discipline and motivation. The self-assessment below will give you an indication
Distance education courses are a real possibility for you.
If you scored between 11-20:
Distance education 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:
Distance education courses may not currently be the best alternative for you; talk
to your counselor.
The questions in the self-assessment reflect some of the facts about taking distance
Distance education students sometimes can end up neglecting these courses because
of personal or professional circumstances, unless they have compelling reasons for
taking the course.
Some students prefer the independence of distance education courses; others find it
Distance education courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can
require more self-discipline than on-campus courses.
Some people learn best by interacting with other students and instructors, but some
distance education courses do not provide much opportunity for this interaction.
Distance education courses require you to work from written directions without face-to-face
It may take over a week to get comments back by email from your instructor.
Distance education courses require at least as much time as on-campus courses, if
Distance education courses use technology for teaching and communication.
Written materials are the primary source of directions and information for distance
Some distance education courses require on-campus meetings or tests. Student schedule
flexibility is important.
Web-based classes require the use of computers to access lecture material, obtain
and hand in homework, communicate with instructor, etc. It is important that distance
education students have access to a computer and know the basics of the Internet.