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Online Course Self-Assessment

To assess your chances for success in Distance Learning courses please answer the following questions honestly:

  1. Feeling like I am part of the class is:
    1. not important to me
    2. somewhat important to me.
    3. very important to me.
  2. I would classify myself as a student who:
    1. often gets assignments done ahead of time.
    2. needs reminding to get assignments done.
    3. puts assignments off until the last minute.
  3. Classroom discussions are:
    1. rarely helpful to me.
    2. sometimes helpful to me.
    3. almost always helpful to me.
  4. When an instructor hands out instructions for an assignment, I prefer:
    1. figuring out the instructions on my own.
    2. trying to follow directions on my own, then asking for help as needed.
    3. asking the instructor to explain the directions as they are being distributed
  5. I need faculty comments on my assignments:
    1. within a few weeks, so I can review what I did.
    2. within a few days, or I forget what I did.
    3. right away, or I get very anxious.
  6. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I can devote to coursework is:
    1. 7 - 9 hours a week.
    2. 4 - 6 hours a week.
    3. 1 - 3 hours a week.
  7. Whenever I am asked to use VCR's, computers, voice mail or other forms of technology new to me:
    1. I look forward to learning new skills.
    2. I feel apprehensive, but will try anyway.
    3. I put it off or try to avoid it entirely.
  8. As a reader:
    1. I usually understand text without help.
    2. sometimes require help to understand the text.
    3. I almost always require help understanding a college text.


  • If you selected mostly "a" answers, you are a prime candidate for online classes.
  • If you selected mostly "b" answers, you may find some aspects of an online class challenging.
  • If you selected mostly "c" answers, you would probably find online courses challenging and your educational needs better served attending face-to-face classes.