Ready for Distance Learning?

While Distance Learning courses mirror the format and quality of instruction in our traditional
classrooms, this method of instruction may not be appropriate for everyone. To find out whether
you are likely to be successful as a student in Distance Learning courses, you may wish to take
the following quiz.

Instructions: Choose the responses that best describe you. Scoring is available at the end of the quiz and explanations are provided to help you interpret your score.

Please answer the questions as truthfully you can.

* 1. I would classify myself as:

* 2. I would further classify myself as:

* 3. It is important that I feel part of a class:

* 4. When I am assigned tasks, I:

* 5. When an instructor hands out directions for an assignment:

* 6. To me having the instructor in my classroom while learning the subject is:

* 7. When I turn in an assignment, I expect the teacher to grade and to comment on my
assignments:

* 8. When it comes to the organization of the class material:

* 9. My computer skills are:

* 10. When I am asked to use DVDs, TVs, computers, email or other technologies that may
be new to be:

* 11. The computer and Internet connection required for the classes:

* 12. When considering registering for an online course:

* 13. I think my reading comprehension is:

* 14. Considering my professional and personal schedules, the amount of time that I have to
work on each Distance Learning course is:

* 15. As a writer, I would classify myself as:

Scoring: Add 3 points for each “a” that you circled, 2 for each “b,” and 1 for each “c.”

* 20 or above: a Distance Learning course is a real possibility for you

* 11-20: Distance Learning courses may work for you, but you may need to
make a few adjustments in your schedule and study habits to succeed.

* 10 or less: Distance Learning may not currently be the best alternative for
you; talk to your advisor.

Explanation:
1. Distance Learning students sometimes neglect their courses because of personal or
professional circumstances. Having an important reason for taking the course helps a
student stick with it.

2. Some students enjoy the independence of Distance Learning, while others find the
independence uncomfortable and prefer to be part of a traditional classroom.

3. Distance Learning courses offer greater scheduling options for students, but they require
more self-discipline than traditional courses.

4. Some students learn better by interacting with their teacher and other students; others prefer
learning by listening and studying on their own. Most Distance Learning classes offer less
opportunity for group interaction than traditional courses.

5. Distance Learning courses require you to work from written directions rather than spoken.

6. It may take longer to get feedback and comments back from your instructor in Distance
Learning classes than in traditional ones.

7. Distance Learning courses requires at least as much time, though usually more, as
traditional classes. Many students say that Distance Learning courses are as hard or harder
than traditional classes.

8. Students who do best in Distance Learning courses are usually comfortable getting in touch
with the instructor as soon as they need help with the course.

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