Is distance education for you?

Distance education has certain advantages over traditional face-to-face courses. However, distance education also requires students to be more self-motivated and technologically savvy.  Distance education also requires different learning and teaching styles.  So, is distance education for you?  The questions below will help guide you in your decision.

Start checking off your skills below to see your recommendation.

Check the box next to every skill that you possess.

Essential Need

  1. I have access to a computer with and internet connection.
  2. I have met all technical, academic and testing requirements.

Personality Traits

  1. I am self-motivated.
  2. I am a good time-manager.
  3. I can learn and comprehend material by reading.
  4. I am capable of self-discipline.
  5. I am goal-directed. If I set my sights on an end result, I usually achieve it.
  6. I am confident in my academic abilities.
  7. I believe I am responsible for my own education; what I learn is ultimately my responsibility.
  8. I do not give up easily, even when confronted with obstacles.
  9. I enjoy using the Internet to do research or get information.
  10. I am willing and able to express my opinion in writing.
  11. I am willing to work in a non-structured environment.
  12. I am willing to actively participate in the learning process by doing tasks, projects,etc.

Computer Skills

  1. Start up and shut down a computer.
  2. Identify and use icons, windows and menus.
  3. Start an application and create and save a document.
  4. Retrieve, and open a document.
  5. Use printing options.
  6. Insert and eject storage media (e.g. CDs, DVDs or Flash Drives).
  7. Copy documents from a computer's hard drive to storage media (e.g. CDs, DVDs or Flash Drives) and vice versa.
  8. Protect a computer against computer viruses.
  9. Create and navigate folders on computer's hard drive or storage media.
  10. Open and work with more than one application at a time.
  11. Protect and care for storage media (e.g. CDs, DVDs or Flash Drives).
  12. Make backup copies of documents.
  13. Use self-help resources to diagnose and correct common hardware and printing problems.
  14. Install, uninstall and upgrade software.
  15. Maintain proper operating environment for computers.
  16. Obtain technical assistance for a computer.

Word Processing Skills

  1. Enter and edit text.
  2. Copy and move blocks of text.
  3. Change text format and style.
  4. Set margins, line spacing, and tabs.
  5. Check spelling, grammar and word usage.

Internet Skills

  1. Understand how to navigate the Internet using web addresses (URLs).
  2. Know what web browser is installed on a computer and how to use and update it.
  3. Connect to the Internet.
  4. Obtain and maintain an account with an internet service provider.
  5. Access and use resources on the Internet.
  6. Navigate within and between webpages.
  7. Utilize search engines.
  8. Click on icons, buttons, image maps, and links.
  9. Create and use bookmarks.
  10. Participate in online discussions and forums.
  11. Download and install software and browser plugins.
  12. Obtain technical assistance from an internet service provider.
  13. Use email effectively, including uploading and downloading attachments and composing, sending, retrieving, reading, responding and forwarding messages.
  14. Retrive forgotten passwords and usernames using online tools or by communicating with the service's help desk.

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