Prospective Students

Is Distance Education Right for You?

Not everyone should take an online course. Online learners must be very motivated, self-directed and goal-oriented. You may be required to work alone from week to week, setting your own schedule to complete the work on time, or you may be given weekly assignments with specific due dates. Although online course are often more convenient and easier to fit in your schedule than a classroom course, students often find they spend more time doing work for an online course than they do for a classroom course.

Here is some information on what it takes to succeed in a Distance Education course:

Before you register for an online course, take these self-assessments to see if Distance Education is right for you:

How well would distance education courses fit your circumstances and lifestyle? Select an answer for each question and click 'Calculate' below. Students who tend to be most successful are those individuals who are self-directed and self-motivated in their learning and study habits. Answer honestly, no one will see this but you!

My need to take this course now is:

Feeling that I am part of a class is:

I would classify myself as someone who:

Classroom discussion is:

When an instructor hands out directions for an assignment, I prefer:

I need faculty comments on my assignments:

Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on a distance education course is:

Coming to campus on a regular schedule is:

As a reader, I would classify myself as:

When I need help understanding the subject: