Students who tend to be most successful are self-directed and self-motivated in their learning and study habits.
(This questionnaire is adapted from "Are Telecourses for Me?" from PBS-Adult Learning Service, The Agenda, Spring 1994.)
Online Learning Realities
- 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.
- Some students prefer the flexibility of Online Learning; others find the online environment uncomfortable and miss being part of the classroom experience.
- Online-learning courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes.
- 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.
- Online Learning requires you to work from written directions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Print materials are the primary source of directions and information in online-learning courses.
- Students who do well in online-learning courses are usually comfortable contacting the instructor as soon as they need help with the course.