How well would distance-learning courses fit your circumstances and lifestyle? Circle an answer for each question and score as directed below. Students who tend to be most successful are those individuals who are self-directed and self-motivated in their learning and study habits. Answer honestly, no one will see this but you!
(This questionnaire is adapted from "Are Telecourses for Me?" from PBS-Adult Learning Service, The Agenda, Spring, 1994.)
1. My need to take this course now is:
2. Feeling that I am part of a class is:
3. I would classify myself as someone who:
4. Classroom discussion is:
5. When an instructor hands out directions for an assignment, I prefer:
6. I need faculty comments on my assignments:
7. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on a distance-learning course is:
8. Coming to campus on a regular schedule is:
9. As a reader, I would classify myself as:
10. When I need help understanding the subject:
Add 3 points for each "a" that you circled, 2 for each "b," and 1 for each "c." If you scored 20 or more, a distance-learning course is a real possibility for you. If you scored between 11 and 20, distance-learning 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, distance-learning currently may not be the best alternative for you; talk to your counselor.
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Distance-learning students sometimes neglect their courses because of personal or professional circumstances. Having a compelling reason for taking the course helps motivate the student to stick with the course.
Some students prefer the independence of distance-learning; others find the independence uncomfortable and miss
Distance-learning courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes.
Some people learn best by interacting with other students
|5.||Distance-learning requires you to work from written directions.|
|6.||It may take as long as two to three weeks to get comments
back from your instructor in distance-learning courses.
Distance-learning requires at least as much time as on-campus courses. Students surveyed say that distance-learning
Most people who are successful with distance-learning
|9.||Written/print materials are the primary scource of directions and information in distance-learning courses.|
Students who do well in distance-learning courses are usually comfortable contacting the instructor as soon as they