Is Distance Education for Me?
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
- Add 3 points for each “A”
- 2 points for each “B”
- 1 point for each “C”
If you scored 20 or over:
- 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.