Is Distance Learning for Me?
Who should take Distance Learning courses?
Online courses are designed for highly motivated students who cannot or do not want to come to campus because of their work schedules, family needs or other reasons. Distance learning students can control their own schedules by working with the course materials at their convenience. However, the courses are not self-paced; classes begin and end on the same schedule as regular campus classes. Also, assignments and exams are due on specific days.
If you can answer YES! to the following questions, distance learning classes may be right for you:
- Do you have family responsibilities or a busy schedule?
- Are you self-motivated and self-disciplined?
- Do you stay on task without direct supervision?
- Can you prioritize your workload?
- Are you good at assessing your progress?
- Do you enjoy using your computer and technology skills?
- Do you feel comfortable communicating in writing?
- Are you willing to take an active part in the learning process?
- Can you devote 15 hours per week - anytime during the day or night - to participate in a course?
Test your technical strengths:
- Can you create, save, and manage files on your computer?
- Do you know how to install software on your computer if needed?
- Can you do word processing?
- Do you currently have an email address?
- Do you know how to send email and receive email attachments?
- Do you have access to email and the World Wide Web at least five times a week?
- If you do not have your own computer, can you get to a campus to use computer labs or arrange to use some other computer at least two hours a day?
You will need all of the technical skills mentioned above in online courses. If you need to learn some technology, a variety of computer and internet classes are offered on campus. See the current schedule of courses for details.