Student Resources

Are you ready to take an online course?

Answer these questions as honestly as you can.
If you think more than one applies to you, just choose the one that most applies to you.

I would describe myself as someone who
usually gets things done ahead of time.
needs reminders to meet deadlines.
waits until the last minute and is often late.
Classroom discussion and interaction with the instructor and other students is
unimportant and rarely helpful to me.
somewhat important and often helpful to me.
very important and always helpful to me.
When an instructor gives directions for an assignment, I prefer to
figure out the instructions myself.
try to follow the directions on my own, but ask for help if needed.
have the instructions explained to me.
How would you rate your writing skills?
I think I am a pretty good writer.
I'm no Ernest Hemingway, but I do okay.
I am not a very good writer, and I don't like writing.
How efficient are you at finding things on the Internet?
I am very efficient with search engines, including advanced search options.
I can usually find what I am looking for.
I sometimes have difficulty finding what I need and am overwhelmed by the search results.
I need instructor feedback on assignments
within a week or so, so I can review my work.
within a few days, or I forget what I did.
right away, or I get frustrated.
With my current school/work/personal schedule, the amount of time I can dedicate to an online course is
more than for an on-campus course.
about the same as for an on-campus course.
less than for an on-campus course.
My reading ability is
good. I usually comprehend what I read without outside explanation.
average. I sometimes need help to understand what I read.
below average. I often need further explanation to understand what I read.
When it comes time to study, I
have a quiet area dedicated for school work.
try to find an appropriate place.
don't have any special requirements.
I am they type of student who
works well alone.
can work alone or with a group.
needs to be a part of a group.
If I had questions about an assignment, I would
feel comfortable emailing my instructor.
feel uncomfortable about emailing the instructor, but do it anyway.
wait and hope someone else asks the same question.
When I don't understand course content, I
contact the instructor for clarification.
contact the instructor for clarification, but I feel uncomfortable doing it.
never admit that I don't understand.
Being part of a class and having face-to-face contact with my instructors and other students is
not really important to me.
somewhat important to me.
very important to me.
Going to campus for on-site classes is
difficult for me.
a bit problematic, but can be done.
no problem for me.
When confronted with technical problems with my computer, I
read help files or contact technical support.
call everyone I know until I find someone who can help.
panic and give up.