EasternOnline – Self Assessment
Welcome! We are pleased that you are interested in using distance learning to increase your knowledge or complete a degree.
Online courses: Participation in online courses requires a fairly powerful computer and a reliable, high speed connection to the Internet [view the technical requirements] as well as an independent learning style. These courses will use conferencing software and e-mail to enhance learning via increased access to faculty experts, who will guide you through the course. But your interaction with faculty and students will be by e-mail.
How well would an Online course fit your circumstances and life-style? Select one answer for each question and score as directed below.
3 points are given for each “A” that you selected, 2 for each “B,” and 1 for each “C.”
- If you scored 20 or more, an online course may be a good choice for you.
- If you scored between 11 and 20, online courses may work for you, but you may need to make a few adjustments in your schedule and study habits to succeed.
- If you scored 10 or less, online courses may not currently be the best alternative for you; talk to your advisor.
The 10 questions in the questionnaire reflect what we have learned about taking Online courses:
- Online students sometimes can end up neglecting courses because of personal or professional circumstances unless they have compelling reasons for taking the course.
- Some students prefer the independence of an online course; others find it uncomfortable.
- Online courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes.
- Some people learn best by physically interacting with other students and instructors, but online courses employ e-mail and online conferences for interaction.
- Online courses require you to work from written direction without face-to-face instructions.
- Online courses require a working computer and a reliable internet connection.
- Online courses require at least as much time as on-campus courses.
- Online courses frequently use technology for teaching and communications.
- On-screen materials are the primary source of directions and information in online courses.
- Some online courses may require some travel to complete proctored exams.
As a result of this survey, would you like to speak with one of our advisors? Or do you just have questions?
Please, call (860) 465-0206.
Used with permission by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC).
Adapted from a questionnaire developed by Bob Loser, Jean Trabandit, Barbara Hathway and Teresa Donnell of Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute.
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