If you can answer yes to the following questions, then you are an excellent candidate for an online course.
- Will online learning fit your lifestyle and academic needs?
Online courses provide convenience and flexibility, but also require more discipline and time management than the traditional classroom experience.
- Do you schedule your work time and follow through to meet deadlines?
Online students need to schedule time in order to meet deadlines for coursework and assignments; once a student falls behind, it is very hard to catch up and complete the course.
- Are you a self-motivated, independent learner?
Students wishing to take courses online must possess strong study skills, be self-motivated, be able to work independently, and not get easily discouraged when difficulties arise.
- Are you prepared to spend as much time in an online course as an on campus course?
The same rule applies to online as traditional classes, for every hour spent in the classroom, a student should spend at least two hours of additional study for an online class.
- Do you possess strong reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills?
It is essential that you are able to convey your ideas effectively in writing, understand content that is text-intensive, and critically reflect on the course material.
- Do you expect a considerable amount of online interaction with the teacher and classmates?
Interaction is important for a successful online experience. Online students need to communicate effectively through email, discussion boards, chat rooms, etc.
- Do you have a place to study and work on course assignments that is free from distractions?
A specific location to study and work is as important as time management when taking an online course.
- Have you earned at least 30 college credits and have over a 2.5 GPA?
Meeting these criteria will help to ensure a successful online experience!