1. I am comfortable using computers.
You answered yes. Good! Generally speaking, the more you know about computers and how to use them, and the more comfortable you are with them, the better your online learning experience will be.
You answered no. Taking an online class involves using a computer to connect to your classroom area, communicate with your instructor and classmates, turn in assignments, etc. This does not mean that you need to be a computer expert, but keep in mind that you do need to know some of the basics in order to take an online class.
2. I have a computer, or am able to get access to one easily on a regular basis.
You answered yes. Having your own computer is a big plus...this will enable you to access your course materials whenever you like.
You answered no. Having your own computer is not necessary, but it is a big plus, especially if you want to work on assignments late at night, early in the morning, etc.
3. I am able to access the Internet from my computer.
You answered yes. Being able to access the Internet from your computer is great, and having a fast connection such as cable or DSL will make your learning experience that much more enjoyable.
You answered no. Having access to the Internet is a must, whether it is from your home, work, school, etc., since it will be how you access your online materials, communicate, and turn in assignments.
4. I enjoy reading and have good reading skills.
You answered yes. That is good since most of the coursework online is in written form.
You answered no. Since the majority of coursework is presented in written form, it really helps to have strong reading skills.
5. I am comfortable communicating in writing.
You answered yes. This is a big benefit for you, since you will be doing a lot of writing in your online classes.
You answered no. Online courses require a great deal of written communication, so it really helps if you are able to express your ideas well in a written format.
6. I am fairly comfortable with keyboarding.
You answered yes. Having good keyboarding skills will make it that much easier for you in your online classes.
You answered no. While perfect keyboarding skills are not required to take an online course, there are a lot of activities that involve keyboarding. Keep in mind, the more you keyboard, the better your skills will become.
7. I can dedicate approximately (X amount) hours per week per course (any time during the day or night) to my studies.
You answered yes. This is a big plus for you since online courses usually require you to spend more time on your coursework than face-to-face classes do since lecture material is online.
You answered no. In a face-to-face class you would be expected to spend X hours of work per week for every credit you are taking. Keep in mind that in an online class you will probably need to spend more time than that.
8. I am comfortable with downloading and installing software on my computer.
You answered yes. Generally speaking, the more you know about computers and how to operate them, the easier your online tasks will be.
You answered no. Online courses sometimes require downloading and installing software, so it is important to be comfortable with this process or be able to count on getting help from someone who is. In the event that you do need help, you can contact Student Help Desk at (541) 463-3333.
9. I am self motivated and able to work independently.
You answered yes. Excellent! Being self-motivated and having the ability to work independently should help when it comes to taking classes online.
You answered no. Even though you are taking an online class you will still have due dates on assignments, quizzes, etc.. So if you are not self-motivated or you do not have the ability to work independently then you might have problems in your online class.
10. I am a procrastinator when it comes to schoolwork and deadlines.
You answered yes. Being a procrastinator will not help you when it comes to taking classes online. Your instructor will have due dates on assignments, quizzes, projects, etc., and turning any of these things in late could really hurt your grade.
You answered no. This is a good thing, since online classes still follow timelines and due dates in the same way that face-to-face classes do. Good time management skills are a benefit in the online classroom.
11. I am comfortable with spending several hours at a time on a computer.
You answered yes. Good, since you will be spending a lot of time there while working on assignments and communicating with your instructor and classmates.
You answered no. Online learning requires long stretches of time at the computer, so it is important that you become comfortable with spending several hours at a time on the computer.
12. I am familiar with using E-mail and a web browser.
You answered yes. Excellent! Using e-mail and a Web browser are an integral part of online learning.
You answered no. Using E-mail and a Web browser are everyday tasks in online learning, so the sooner you learn how to use these the better your online experience will be.
13. I don’t mind it if I never actually meet my instructor or classmates in person.
You answered yes. Good, since there is a strong chance that you never will meet your instructor or classmates in person.
You answered no. In most online classes at Lane, you will never meet your instructor or classmates in person. If that will bother you, online learning is probably not a good choice for you.
14. I like the idea of not having to drive/commute to school.
You answered yes. This is one of the biggest benefits of taking classes online, so it is good that you do not need to be on campus in order to attend your class. Keep in mind that some courses may require a few trips to campus or a local proctor for exams.
You answered no. Not having to drive/commute to school is an advantage of online learning.
15. I would like to take a class where I get regular personal feedback from my instructors.
You answered yes. Good! Online classes enable instructors to communicate with each student and to give them personal feedback.
You answered no. Online learning often offers more regular personal feedback from instructors than do face-to-face classes.
16. Do you mind asking questions when you have a problem or question?
You answered yes. Many people who are shy or who are uncomfortable talking or asking questions in front of others find that it is much easier to do so in an online class.
You answered no. You are in luck! With all of the features of online classrooms, i.e., e-mail, discussion areas, chat, you will have many different ways to communicate your problems or concerns.
17. I would like being able to go to class at times and locations that I choose instead of being tied to a set time and place.
You answered yes. One of the great features of online classes is that you do not need to be somewhere at a given time, which means you can access your class any time you like.
You answered no. Online classes are asynchronous. Students attend at times and locations convenient to them.
18. I think it would be exciting to attend classes with people across the state, around the United States and even in other countries.
You answered yes. That is good that you are excited about attending classes with people outside of your area, since many people who take online classes do not live anywhere near the college that is providing the course.
You answered no. Lane's online learning classes taken by students all over the world and it is really exciting to get a perspective from students living outside of your general area.
19. Do you like new technologies which may require new approaches to learning and problem solving?
You answered yes. This is good, since taking courses online may introduce you to new technologies and may require you to approach things in a different manner.
You answered no. Feeling comfortable with new technologies and new approaches to learning is an attribute of most successful online students.
20. I believe that high quality learning can take place without face-to-face interaction.
You answered yes. You are right...even though you are not meeting face-to-face with your instructor you will still be able to have a quality learning experience.
You answered no. A belief in the value of online learning is important to your success.
Thanks for completing the Are Online Courses for Me? Questionnaire. We hope you found the answers helpful in deciding whether or not online courses are a good choice for you.
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