Is Online Learning For Me?

Take this questionnaire to find out if you are ready to take online classes.

1. My technology access is best described as:

Great! You’ll need to be able to download course material, get assignments and communicate with other students and your instructor.

Fabulous! You’ll need to be able to download course material, get assignments and communicate with other students and your instructor.

Contact a college advisor or counselor to help with other options. If you do not have a computer or access to a computer and the internet then online courses will not work for you.

2. My technology skills are:

Good. These are all skills you’ll likely need in any course you take.

It’s good you understand these basic skills, and it would be wise to have a backup plan in case you have technology problems.

Beware! You may need to get more comfortable working online and develop technical problem-solving skills before taking an online course. Contact your college. It may offer courses to help you build your skills.

3. Face-to-face communication is:

Good. You’ll probably feel comfortable in an online course.

Consider how important this is to your learning, and decide whether or not you are currently willing to challenge yourself to learn in a new way.

Stop here! If you can only learn in a face-to-face classroom, then online classes are not for you. You may consider taking a hybrid class (a class that combines online learning with at least half of the time spent in a traditional classroom). A hybrid class may be more flexible than traditional classes.

4. When I need help in class:

Great. It is your responsibility to speak up if you have any questions or concerns (that may be the only way the instructor can tell if you’re challenged in any way).

Great, it’s good that you realize when it is important to speak up. It’s likely that if the instructor doesn’t hear from you, he/she will assume you’re doing fine.

It is important that you contact your instructor if you’re having any sort of problem. If you’re not likely to do this, you should consider taking a face-to-face class, which may be more comfortable.

5. The amount of uninterrupted time I have to devote to an online class is:

6. I would describe my personal style as:

7. My reading and writing abilities are:

8. When it comes to analyzing class materials and expressing my own opinions about them I feel…

9. Class discussions are:

10. When it comes to learning:

11. I am considering taking an online course because: