Self-Quiz: Does Distance Learning Match Your Educational Needs?
The following self-quiz was
originally part of the PBS
website. It might be helpful to those who want to find out whether or
not distance learning courses would be more useful to them than regular study
My need to take a course now is...
High. I need it immediately for a
degree, job, or other important reason.
Moderate. I could take it on campus
later or substitute another course.
Low. it's a personal interest that
could be postponed.
Feeling that I am part of a class
Not particularly necessary for me.
Somewhat important to me.
Very important to me.
I would classify myself as someone who
Often gets things done ahead of time.
Needs reminding to get things done on
Puts things off until the last
Classroom discussion is...
Rarely helpful to me.
Sometimes helpful to me.
Almost always helpful to me.
When an instructor hands out
directions for an assignment, I prefer...
Figuring out the instructions myself.
Trying to follow the directions on my
own, then asking for help as needed.
Having the directions explained to
I need faculty comments on my
Within a few weeks, so I can review
what I did.
Within a few days, or I forget what I
Right away or I get very frustrated.
Considering my professional and
personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on a telecourse is...
More than enough for a campus class
or a telecourse.
The same as for a class on campus.
Less than for a class on campus.
When I am asked to use VCRs,
computers, voice mail, or other technologies new to me...
I look forward to learning new
I feel apprehensive, but try it
I put it off or try to avoid it.
As a reader, I would classify myself
Good. I usually understand the text
Average. I sometimes need help to
understand the text.
Slower than average.
If I have to go to campus to take
exams or complete work:
I can go to campus anytime.
I may miss some lab assignments or
exam deadlines if campus labs are not open evenings and weekends.
I will have difficulty getting to
the campus, even in the evenings and on weekends.