Is Distance Education for You?
(Courtesy of Lynne Schrum, UGA)
How well will online courses fit your circumstances and your lifestyle? Pick one answer for each question, score the evaluation as directed, and assess how well this type of course would fit your needs.
1. My need to take this course now is...
a. high--I need it immediately for degree, job, or other important reason.
b. moderate--I could take it on campus later, or at some other place/time.
c. low--it's a personal interest that could be postponed.
2. Feeling that I am part of a class is...
a. not particularly necessary to me.
b. somewhat important to me.
c. very important to me.
3. I would classify myself as someone who...
a. often gets things done ahead of time.
b. needs reminding to get things done on time.
c. puts things off until the last minute.
4. Classroom discussions are...
a. rarely helpful to me.
b. sometimes helpful to me.
c. almost always helpful to me.
5. When an instructor hands out directions for an assignment, I prefer...
a. figuring out the instructions on my own.
b. trying to follow the directions on my own, then asking for help as needed.
c. having the instructions explained orally first.
6. I need faculty comments on my assignments...
a. right away, or I get very frustrated.
b. within a few days, or I forget what I did.
c. within a few weeks since I can review what I did.
7. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on an advanced course is...
a. more than enough for an on-campus class.
b. the same as for taking a class on campus.
c. less than for taking a class on campus.
8. When I am asked to use VCRs, computers, voice mail, or other technologies that may be new to me...
a. I look forward to learning new skills.
b. I feel apprehensive, but try anyway.
c. I put it off or try to avoid it.
9. In rating my skills at sending e-mail and finding electronic resources, I would say that...
a. I am comfortable and competent.
b. I am able to complete the tasks but am not accomplished at them.
c. I am not sure what this question means.
10. As a reader, I would classify myself as...
a. good--I usually understand the text without help.
b. average--I sometimes need help to understand the text.
c. slower than average.
SCORING: Add 3 points for each A that you selected, 2 points for each B, and 1 point for each C. If you scored over 20, on-line courses may work well for you. If you scored between 11 and 20, on-line courses may work for you, but you need to make a few adjustments in your attitudes and planning in order to succeed. If you scored 10 or less, on-line courses may not currently be a suitable option for you--talk this over with the instructor before you enroll. In any case, you should also look over the syllabus to see what will be required of you in the course.