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Self-Assessment: Is Distance Learning for You?

SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS

Is Distance Education for you?

Distance Education is not for everyone. Some students thrive and learn best in a traditional classroom environment. This type of learner may find distance education stressful and uncomfortable. Take the Self-Assessment below to find out if distance education is a good fit for you.

  1. I usually am able to comprehend what I read, including textbooks, study-guides, course syllabi, and other supplementary materials.

    Yes
    No
     
  2. I own or have readily available access to a computer that is connected to the internet.

    Yes
    No
     
  3. I am usually a self-motivated learner and usually accept responsibility for completing assignments, including preparing for examinations, with minimal oversight from my instructor.

    Yes
    No
     
  4. I am good at handling multiple tasks at the same time.

    Yes
    No
     
  5. I enjoy learning new computer technology skills

    Yes
    No
     
  6. In previous courses, I usually am able to create and follow a schedule without procrastinating and without “face-to-face” meetings with an instructor or fellow students to help me complete my assignments.

    Yes
    No
     
  7. My reading and writing skills have been adequate for successful completion of courses I have taken.

    Yes
    No
     
  8. I have been successful in previous classes with prioritizing my class workload.

    Yes
    No
     
  9. I understand that a distance education course requires at least as much or more time and effort as a classroom course.

    Yes
    No
     
  10. My computer skills are adequate for successful completion of distance education courses.

    A. I have browsed the internet.

    Yes
    No


    B. I understand how to use my computer’s DVD, CD or USB drive.

    Yes
    No


    C. I can send, receive and reply to emails.

    Yes
    No


    D. I can download and install plug-ins as needed.

    Yes
    No


    E. I can print text or play audio and/or video files from Web sites.

    Yes
    No


    F. I can save text, images, audio, or video from Web sites.

    Yes
    No


    G. I can use a search engine to search the internet.

    Yes
    No


    H. I can use word processing software (MS Word preferred) to create and save documents.

    Yes
    No

     

 If you answered “No” to any of the questions, you may want to consider acquiring additional skills prior to enrolling in an online course. Online courses require students to have adequate computers skills such as attaching emails, using word processing software, file management, and Internet research. Online student also should have good time management skills and be self-motivated.

To discuss your computer skills and other abilities necessary for successfully completing an online course, please contact Kim Patterson, Distance Education Coordinator, at kpatterson@wvncc.edu.

 

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