Online courses and distance education – Is it for me?
Earning college credit by taking distance courses is convenient and flexible, but responsible study habits and the ability to learn independently are a necessity to successfully complete the course. Distance courses are most appropriate for disciplined students who can work independently and complete course work on time. Online course study requires self-motivated, self-disciplined, and organized students.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I have college-level writing and reading skills?
- Can I devote 10-15 hours, per week to 1 online class?
- Do I have access to a reliable computer with Internet access?
(can you stay connected for at least 2 or more hours)
- Can I send, receive, and attach files using email?
- Am I proficient using a web browser and downloading files?
If you did not answer yes to the above questions, you may find that distance education and online courses may be the best learning environment for you.
Online course study requires independent learning and strict adherence to a structured schedule. You will need to a balance your time around the requirements of the course. Course materials may include other resources outside your online class such as: textbooks, online video and audio, Internet articles and research, notes from lectures, etc.
Students are expected to complete all coursework. In order to remain enrolled in the online course, students must maintain academic progression. Students who have not accessed and/or participated in a course in any two week period may be dropped.
Remember: the distance learning environment does not have the face-to-face interaction with classmates and instructors; therefore communication, will be web-based in the form of e-mail, discussion boards, chat rooms, live video chats, etc.