Is eLearning right for you?

Sometimes you will have a choice between an online or traditional class. So, how do you determine which one is right for you?

Misperceptions of Online Courses

First, let's understand some common misperceptions about online courses.

  • An online course will be easier and take less time.
  • An online course will be self-paced; I can do it as quickly or slowly as I like.
  • I won't have to interact with classmates in an online course.
  • Online courses run themselves; the instructor doesn't have much to do or say.

Expectations of Online Courses

  • Expect to spend three hours/credit hour each week on course work
  • Expect to meet deadlines on course work and exams
  • Expect to interact with classmates via discussion boards and collaborative tools 
  • Expect feedback from your instructor regarding course work, discussions, and other assignments within the time frame stated in the course syllabus.
  • Expect to learn new technologies as required by courses

Qualities of a Successful Online Student

Now read the following statements and indicate the ones with which you agree:

  • I am disciplined and self-motivated.
  • I am comfortable navigating the Internet and using e-mail.
  • I am comfortable learning technologies I've never used before.
  • I do not have the time to commute to classes and find parking on-campus.
  • I am able to learn and retain information from reading as well as I can from listening to students talk in class.
  • I would like my learning experience to focus on me rather than my instructor's lectures.
  • I am interested in some of the potential advantages of distance learning.

If you agree with three or more of the statements above, eLearning might be a great option for you. Next, you will learn what types of technologies online courses use.

 

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Last modified: Dec 23, 2014
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