ELearning Self-Assessment

Students who tend to be most successful are self-directed and self-motivated in their learning and study habits. 

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(This questionnaire is adapted from "Are Telecourses for Me?" from PBS-Adult Learning Service, The Agenda, Spring 1994.)

Online Learning Realities

  1. Online-learning students sometimes neglect their courses because of personal or professional circumstances. Having a compelling reason for taking the course helps motivate the student to stick with the course. 
  2. Some students prefer the flexibility of Online Learning; others find the online environment uncomfortable and miss being part of the classroom experience. 
  3. Online-learning courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes. 
  4. Some people learn best by interacting with other students and instructors. Others learn better by listening, reading and reviewing on their own. Online-learning courses provide less opportunity for group interaction than most on-campus courses, but this is through written discussion, not conversation. 
  5. Online Learning requires you to work from written directions. 
  6. Online Learning requires at least as much time as on-campus courses. Students surveyed say that online-learning courses are as hard or harder than on-campus courses. 
  7. Most people who are successful with Online Learning find it difficult to come to campus on a regular basis because of their work, family or personal schedules. 
  8. Print materials are the primary source of directions and information in online-learning courses. 
  9. Students who do well in online-learning courses are usually comfortable contacting the instructor as soon as they need help with the course.