Is Distance Learning for You?

AS A DISTANT STUDENT, you will have many advantages in that you will be able to take courses at a place and time convenient for YOU. You will also have the opportunity to interact with a variety of students from a dispersed geographical area, and will have access to a greater number of resources and experts than you might in a traditional classroom setting. Finally, you may find that you are able to have greater control over the learning process, and may be able to customize the course in a way that best suits your specific learning needs.

However, you must be prepared to take on greater responsibility than those engaged in traditional learning. You will need to discipline yourself to stay actively involved with the course, and may find that you spend an even greater amount of time reading and preparing for this course than you do a traditional course. Also, since you may not see the instructor face-to-face, you will need to communicate with him or her regularly through your distance medium, be it videoconferencing, telephone, or e-mail. Studies show that successful distance learning students are independent, self-motivated, and disciplined. You must also have the ability to use computer and basic software and computer access, with an internet service provide, and Netscape 4.0 or better or MS Internet Explorer 3.0. If you do not have access to a computer, you might contact your local public library.

To help you decide, you can take the eCore Readiness Test, or the USG's Student Online Readiness Tool.


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