Is Distance Learning Right For You?
Is Online Learning right for me?
Taking an online class has many advantages, including increased flexibility in completing
homework assignments, the ability to communicate with your classmates and your instructor
from the convenience of your own home or workplace, and enhanced access to written
materials ranging from discipline specific internet resources to saved chats and instructor's
However, an online class is not for everyone. For instance, if you need the discipline
of meeting on campus several times a week and you enjoy the in-person interaction
between other students and your instructor, you are more likely to succeed in an on-campus
class. The following are characteristics of students who would do well in an online
Successful online students must have both Technical Skills and Study Skills. To find
out about what technical and study skills are required for success in online classes,
go to our Tips for Success in online courses and What Skills Do I Need?? page.
- Take a good look at yourself as a learner...
- What grades do you typically earn?
- Students who do well in on-campus classes typically do well in online classes. So,
you can expect to earn the same grade in an online class as you would earn in an on-campus
To find out if you are ready to be a distance learning student, you can take an online
assessment quiz. Click on one or more of the below links to find out if you are ready
for online learning.
Online Assessment Quiz Links:
Northwest Florida State College Distance Learning Self Assessment
Santa Barbara City College Readiness Assessment Quiz
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