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Are you ready to take an online course?

Use the following self assessment to help determine if you are ready to take an online courses.

Technical Considerations:

  1. Do you have a computer at home?

  1. Can you create, save and manage files on your computer?

  1. Do you know how to install software and computer if needed?

  1. Does your home computer have at least 32 MB of RAM?
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  1. Does your home computer have at least 80MB of free Hard Drive Space?

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  1. Do you have e-mail access at home?


  1. Do you know how to send and receive e-mail messages?


  1. Do you know how to attach a file to an e-mail message?


  1. Do you know how to paste texts from a word processor it into an e-mail message?


  1. How would you rate your overall computer skills?

A novice, very little to no experience
Moderate, a little bit of experience
Very experienced

Learning Style

  1. Please rate your need to take this course:
High - For a degree, job, or other important reason.
Moderate - A campus-based course could be taken later or another course could be substituted.
Low - It's a personal interest that could be postponed.

  1. How important is to you to feel like you are part of a class:
Not particularly necessary.
Somewhat important.
Very important.

  1. How would you classify your work style:
Often gets things done ahead of time.
Needs reminding to get things done on time.
Put things off until the last minute.

  1. Classroom discussion is:
Rarely helpful.
Sometimes helpful.
Almost always helpful.

  1. When an instructor hands out directions for an assignment, do you prefer:
Figuring out the instructions yourself.
Following the directions and asking for help as needed.
Having the instructions explained to you.

  1. How quickly do you expect faculty comments on completed assignments :
Within a few weeks.
Within a few days.
Right away.

  1. Considering your professional and personal schedule, the amount of time you have to work on Web-based courses is:
More than enough for a campus class or Web-based course.
The same as for a class on campus
Less than for a class on campus.

  1. When asked to use VCRs, computers, voice mail, or other technologies new to you, your typical response is
To look forward to learning new skills.
To feel apprehensive, but try it anyway.
To put it off and try to avoid it.

  1. As a reader, how do you classify yourself:
Good - You usually understand the text without help
Average - You sometimes need help to understand the text
Slower than average

  1. If you are required to go to the campus to take exams or complete work:
It is not a problem - you can get to the campus anytime.
It may be a problem - you may miss some lab assignments or exam deadlines if campus labs are not open evenings and weekends.
It is a problem - you will have great difficulty going to the campus, even in the evenings and on weekends.

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