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Online Learning Suitability Self Assessment
Before enrolling in an online course, review the minimum recommended computer specifications for college computing from Academic Computing Services to be sure the computer you'll be using conforms to these requirements. Then take the self-assessment below.
Online learning is different than face-to-face learning. However, online courses require at least the same amount of your time as a face-to-face course. The benefit, though, is that you can put in the hours at your own pace with an online course. Here are some questions that you can use to gauge whether you would do well in an online course.
1. Do I keep up with my reading assignments in my face-to-face courses?
The majority of interaction in online courses is through reading and writing. If you tend to put reading off or aren't much of a reader, online classes probably aren't for you.
2. Do I complete my assignments on time for my face-to-face courses?
In most online courses, if you don't post in the course, you are considered absent and will face grade penalties for not being present. And deadlines tend to be a bit less negotiable in online courses.
3. Is my computer equipment reliable?
4. Do I have access to the Internet from wherever I will take this course?
You should use your college email account. If necessary, you can also use the dial-up Internet service from the college. See information on how to use a PPP connection to the college.
5. Can I perform basic computer functions such as creating, saving, and managing files on a computer, navigating the Internet, downloading files, attaching files to an email message, and saving and opening attached files from incoming email? Am I very comfortable using Blackboard?
You don't have to know everything about computers to take an online course, but you do need to perform simple functions. If you are uncomfortable with your computing skills, you might want to consult with the TIPS program.
6. Do I have the time to fit the work for an online course into my schedule?
Summer classes are intensive because 16 weeks' work is done in just five weeks. Not attending a classroom-class does not mean that the course will be less intensive. You'll need to have a sufficient amount of time available to complete 16 weeks' work in those five weeks.
7. Do I expect the assignments for online courses to be about the same as the assignments for face-to-face courses?
Again, summer classes are intensive. You should expect about the same amount of work in your online summer course as you would complete in 16 weeks if you took the course during a "regular" semester.
If you answered "yes" to most of the above questions, then an online course may be the right option for you! If you answered "no" to any of the questions, you should think very carefully whether online learning is the right choice for you.
The successful online student must be an independent, self-motivated learner. Online courses are not suited for the student who learns best by having frequent face-to-face interaction with the instructor and other students.