Is Distance Learning Right for Me?
Am I a self-starter?
The importance of self-motivation depends on the delivery method of the course. Two-way interactive television, for example, offers you regular meeting dates and times with the opportunity to have real-time discussions with your classmates and instructor. That regular contact can keep you going the same way it would in a traditional classroom.
It's different when there are no required class meetings or scheduled contact with your classmates and instructor. You have to be responsible for following the schedule recommended by the instructor. You have to assume more responsibility for your learning (e.g. contacting your instructor, reading and reviewing, participating in assignments, etc...)
Think about your past experiences in school. Were you in class every day unless there was a very good reason why you couldn’t be? Did you regularly contribute to discussions and ask questions? Did you connect with the material on a personal or professional level? If so, you probably have the motivation to be a good distance student. Take our Time Management Self Assessment (download Flash Player).
How do I learn best?
Distance learning is a good choice for people who are good at learning independently. Some of us also have a strong preference for either auditory, visual or hands-on learning.
Two-way interactive television classes have about the same balance of visual to auditory learning as a traditional face-to-face class. Online courses, however, require you to be a good visual learner because you will do a lot of reading and writing. Take our Online Learner Self Assessment.
Am I comfortable with technology?
Students taking interactive instructional television courses should be comfortable talking into a microphone, seeing themselves on a monitor screen and talking to the instructor on the phone, if needed.
Most of our online courses require you to communicate through email and discussion boards, submit assignments electronically and access various websites. Here's the technology you'll need for our courses.