Online Learning Self-Assessment -- Explanations about the scores

Each item below corresponding to a question in the Online Learning Assessment.

1. Online-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.

2. Some students prefer the independence of online learning; others find the independence uncomfortable and miss being part of the classroom experience.

3. Online-learning courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes.

4. Some people learn best by interacting with other students and instructors. Others learn better by listening, reading and reviewing on their own. Online courses provide less opportunity for group interaction than most on-campus courses.

5. Online learning requires you to work from written directions without face-to-face instructions.

6. It may take as long as two to three weeks to get comments back from your instructor in distance-learning classes.

7. Online 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.

8. Most people who are successful with online learning find it difficult to come to campus on a regular basis because of their work, family or personal schedules.

9. Print materials are the primary source of directions and information in online courses.

10. Students who do well in distance-learning courses are usually comfortable contacting the instructor as soon as they need help with the course.