Is Online Learning the Right Choice for Me?

As a student of online or hybrid courses, you will notice many things are similar to that of a traditional student’s education—there are instructors, classmates, course materials, and assignments. However, while online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility, they require more self-direction and self-discipline from you. Certain work habits, learning styles, and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Successful online and hybrid students

  • are able to use technology properly and comfortable with computers,
  • are able to participate in classes at least three times per week,
  • are self-disciplined and capable of planning time to study and time to complete assignments,
  • are active learners,
  • take notes as they study,
  • commit six to nine hours per week per three-credit class,
  • learn easily from reading and writing,
  • enjoy communicating in writing and reading the writing of others,
  • work with others easily to complete projects,
  • communicate with instructors if problems arise, and
  • are willing to share ideas, carefully consider responses to the sharing of others, and are prepared to occasionally have ideas challenged.

Schedule

Feedback – Great! A 3-credit course will require 7-10 hours per week of studying, and/or homework, and/or quizzes/tests.

Feedback - A 3-credit course will require 7-10 hours per week of studying, and/or homework, and/or quizzes/tests.

Availability

Feedback – Great! You can prioritize your availability and meet deadlines as needed.

Feedback – Online classes are not self-paced. Deadlines must still be met.

Internet Access

Feedback – Great! Comfort with working on a computer and reliable internet are essential for online learning.

Feedback – Comfort with working on a computer and reliable internet are essential for online learning.

Independence

Feedback – Great! You are a self-starter and can complete work independently.

Feedback – Online learning requires self-discipline and self-motivation to complete assignments.

Reading & Writing

Feedback – Great! Most activities in online classes require a lot of reading and writing.

Feedback – Most activities in online classes require a lot of reading and writing.

Complete!

Great job on completing our short survey to test your readiness for online classes.

Key

  • Answered all true – Online learning is right for you!
  • 1 answered false – ask yourself if this belief, habit, or limit can be changed
  • 2 or 3 answered false – reconsider options and whether online classes are right for you
  • 4 or 5 answered false – speak to your advisor about classroom classes right for your schedule and lifestyle

Questions?

We're here to assist you! Should you have additional questions about online learning and whether or not it's right for you, connect with your Academic Advisor. Or submit your name and number below and we'll contact you!

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