Monday – November 24, 2014

 

Are Online Courses for You?

 

The following survey will help you decide whether or not an online class is appropriate for you:

Yes 

No

Are you a self-starter? 

Yes 

No

Do you work well without supervision?

Yes

No

Can you budget your time to meet assignment deadlines without supervision? 

Yes

No

For the course(s) that you are considering to take online, will you be able to understand the instructions without them being explained to you? 

Yes 

No 

Do you have access to a personal computer?

Yes

No 

Do you know how to use an e-mail account? 

Yes 

No 

Do you learn new online tools or technologies with ease? 

Yes 

No 

Do you know how to browse the World Wide Web? 

Yes 

No 

If taking a computer software course, do you have the required software installed on your computer? (For example, to take a Microsoft Word 2010 course, you need to have that version of software or must be able to use one of the four MATC campus computer labs.) 



If you did not answer yes to all of the above questions, taking a course from an off-campus location may not be for you. Consider taking onsite courses or exploring other Distance Learning options.

Still not sure if online courses are for you?

It is not recommended to take an online class if you:

  • Don't have access to a computer during the timeframe of the course.
  • Don't have computer skills (especially familiarity navigating within the World Wide Web, sending and receiving e-mail and working with attachments).
  • Don't have the proper amount of time to dedicate to your course.
  • Put things off until the last minute.
  • Consistently need instructions explained to you in the course(s) you are considering to take online. 

Any of the above will cause frustration and struggle which could lead you to not getting the most knowledge out of the course, missing deadlines, and/or dropping the course. Again, consider taking onsite classes or exploring other Distance Learning options.