Is Distance Learning for Me?
Distance learning classes are designed for students whose work and family schedule prevents them from being able to take a class every week from 10-10:50 a.m. If you are serious about your education and wish the flexibility of being able to take a college course any time day or night, then you should consider a distance learning course. You should be familiar with using a personal computer for word processing and connecting to the Internet. If you do not own or have access to a personal computer, CCC & TI also provides computers on campus in the Learning Resource Center in Boyd Library. Distance learning courses assume that you are eager to learn and can motivate yourself to complete the course within the semester or summer session. Here are some additional benefits of distance learning courses, for faculty and students.
- Online students gain experience and skills that will make them marketable in the 21st century.
- Online learning is active. Students analyze and evaluate independently while reading, writing, and discussing heavily. Because of this, many students find online learning more fun than classroom-based courses.
- Online learning is flexible. Based on their preferences and needs, instructors and students can work on a course at 2 p.m. or 2 a.m., at home or at school.
- More students participate online because they are less self-conscious and less subject to the time pressure that can inhibit classroom discussions. Instructors, in turn, get enhanced one-on-one contact with students.
- Through the Internet the whole world becomes the classroom.
Should I take a Distance Learning Class?
Now that you know what a distance learning course is, how will you know if distance learning is right for you? Distance learning students don't necessarily have to be straight “A” students, but they must have good study habits. The most successful distance learning students . . .
- Are self starters and self motivators
- Know how to learn independently
- Have prerequisite skills such as a college reading level and a good writing ability.
- Attend the mandatory orientation session to meet the instructor.
- Begin course activities within the first week of the course.
- Are well organized and know how to manage their time.
- Set aside specific time on a routine basis for study.
- Have good study habits.
- Can prepare for, study for, and ably complete both objective and subjective tests.
- Can take notes well, whether from "online lectures," textbooks, or television programs.
- Know how to work with others to complete group projects timely and responsibly.
- Know that they themselves, ultimately, are responsible for their own education.
- Contact the instructor promptly when they have questions about any aspect of the course.
- Prefer to get things done today and not put them off until tomorrow.
- Don't give up easily, even when the going gets tough.