Are Online/Hybrid Courses Right for You?
Are you looking for learning that is flexible and fits your lifestyle? Are you able to learn somewhat independently? Do you like to be responsible for your own learning?
Online/Hybrid courses may be for you. To determine if online/hybrid courses might be appropriate for you, complete the short questionnaire below. Be honest!—no one will see the results but you.
This quiz was adapted, with permission, from a questionnaire developed by the Extended Learning Institute of Northern Virginia Community College.
Because of work or family concerns or issues, students sometimes neglect distance learning courses. Having a strong work-related reason for taking a course may help motivate you to complete the course successfully.
Distance learning requires you to be an independent learner. If you find this unnatural and would miss direct instructor and student contact, then you should pursue a more traditional approach, if possible.
If you have the self-discipline to complete tasks, then distance learning should be no problem for you. If you need reminders and other encouragement, then this may not be the best type of learning for you.
You may need to call, e-mail, or fax your instructor if you have difficulty following written directions. Patience and persistence may be necessary to receive the clarifications or directions you need from the instructor.
With distance learning, you may not receive feedback immediately as you would in a classroom setting. Many instructors, however, respond to your request for comments on projects, exams, etc. very quickly by e-mail and other methods.
You should spend about the same amount of time (maybe even more) on a distance learning course than on classroom-based learning.
Distance learners find it difficult to come to a campus or provider site for their learning; they prefer the flexibility distance learning provides as they juggle work, family, and personal schedules.
The ability to read well is important since much of distance learning is print-based. There are ways to improve your reading ability—check with your advisor or counselor for more information.
Many distance learning courses require the use of CD-ROMs, the Internet, special software, etc. If you want to pursue distance learning, you should be willing to explore and take chances.