The following survey will assess
how successful you may be at a distance education course.
an answer for each question and click on "Score" below when
finished. Take your time and answer questions honestly! Your results will
not benefit anyone but you!
Explanation of Scoring
3 points are scored for each
"a" that you select, 2 for each "b," and 1 for each
"c." A score of 20 points or more, indicates that there is a high
possibility you would be successful at a distance-learning course. A score
between 11 and 20, indicates that a distance-learning courses may work for
you, but you may need to make a few adjustments in your schedule and study
habits to succeed. A score of 10 or less, strongly suggest that distance
learning may not currently be the best alternative for you.
General Explanations of
- Distance-learning students sometimes neglect their
courses because of personal or professional circumstances. Having a
compelling reason for taking the course helps motivate the student to
stick with the course.
- Some students prefer the independence of Distance
Learning; others find the independence uncomfortable and miss being
part of the classroom experience.
- Distance-learning courses give students greater
freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than
- Some people learn best by interacting with other
students and instructors. Others learn better by listening, reading
and reviewing on their own. Distance-learning courses provide less
opportunity for group interaction than most on-campus courses.
- Distance Learning requires you to work from written
- It may take more than week to get comments back
from your instructor in distance-learning classes.
- Distance Learning requires at least as much time as
on-campus courses. Students surveyed say that distance-learning
courses are as hard or harder than on campus courses.
- Most people who are successful with Distance
Learning find it difficult to come to campus on a regular basis
because of their work, family or personal schedules.
- Print materials are the primary source of
directions and information in distance-learning courses.
- Students who do well in distance-learning courses
are usually comfortable contacting the instructor as soon as they need
help with the course.