Are Online Classes Right for Me?

Maybe you’ve been thinking about taking an online course, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you. Start by asking yourself the following questions:

Am I comfortable on the computer and on the Internet?
This doesn’t mean being able to hack into the Pentagon, but your learning will rely heavily on Web research, so you need to be familiar with search engines and locating information online.

Do I have time to commit to an online course?
What makes online courses so attractive is their flexibility — you can do the work on your lunch break or while laying in a hammock in the backyard — but they do require a substantial time commitment, sometimes as much as 10-12 hours a week.

Am I a good manager of my time?
That oh-so-appealing flexibility also makes it easy to procrastinate. Just like in a traditional course, doing well in an online class requires the discipline to stay on top of the work.

Am I a self-motivated student?
With online courses, you’ll have an instructor to guide you, but you won’t have regular lectures to tell you everything you need to know. A lot of your learning will be on your own.

Still not sure?
One common piece of advice is to start by taking a short elective. This will introduce you to online learning but without requiring a major commitment of time and energy. See how you like it, and if it works for you, then dive in!

Take an Online Course Readiness Test
Online Course Readiness Test

 

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U. C. Online Course Readiness Test
Will you be successful if you enroll in an online course?
Answer by clicking YES or NO to all questions.
Do you prefer to earn college credit on a flexible schedule as opposed to coming at the same time every week for the duration of the course ? YES NO
Do you want to receive college credit for that investment of time? YES NO
Do you prefer to learn at your own pace, on your own? YES NO
Do you want to explore how the topics and assignments in one course connect to the topics and assignments of other courses? YES NO
Do you have reasonably strong reading skills - can you read and understand college-level textbooks? YES NO
Do you have basic computer skills (upload, download, e-mail, search, save) and access to a computer with Internet connection? YES NO
Can you follow directions accurately? YES NO
Are you interested in learning more about how to use the Internet to advance your educational goals ? YES NO
Are you a self starter? YES NO
Do you want to learn how to apply online techniques to other areas of your life? YES NO