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Are Online Courses 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 courses may be for you. To find out, take the short quiz below. Be honest! No one will see the results but you.

1. Having face-to-face interaction with my instructor and other students is:
Very important to me.
Somewhat important to me.
Not particularly important to me.

2. I am someone who:
Puts things off until the last minute or doesn't complete them.
Needs reminders to get things done on time.
Gets things done ahead of time.

3. Classroom discussion is:
Almost always helpful.
Sometimes helpful.
Rarely helpful.

4. When I get instructions for an assignment, I prefer:
Having the instructor explain it to me.
Trying to follow directions on my own but am willing to ask for help as needed.
Figuring out the instructions myself.

5. I need the instructor's feedback on my assignments:
Right away or I get frustrated.
Within a few days, or I forget what I did.
Within a few weeks, so I can review what I did.

6. The amount of time I have to work on an online course is:
Less than the time I have for a classroom-based course.
The same time as I have for a classroom-based course.
More than the time I have for a classroom-based course.

7. The hours I'm available for classes are:
Flexible. I can arrange my schedule easily.
Structured. I only have certain times available around other commitments.
Nontraditional. I'm available for classes at times that most classroom-based options are not offered.

8. Going to a classroom on a regular basis for class is:
Not difficult.
Somewhat difficult, but I can rearrange priorities so I can attend.
Extremely difficult because of work, family, or other personal reasons.

9. I would classify my reading ability as:
Below average. I often need help to understand what I read.
Average. I sometimes need help to understand what I need.
Good. I usually understand what I read without help.

10. When asked to try new software or computer programs:
I put it off or try to avoid it.
I feel apprehensive, but I try anyway.
I look forward to learning new skills.

This quiz was adapted, with permission, from a questionnaire developed by the Extended Learning Institute of Northern Virginia Community College.