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For each question, click on the button beside the answer that most represents your own interests, habits, and needs. Note the reason for each question after you answer.

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1. My need to take this course now is:

A. High. I need it immediately for a specific job goal.

B. Moderate. I could take it on campus later or substitute another course.

C. Low. It could be postponed.

2. Considering my work and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on an online course is:

A. More than for a traditional course at the college.

B. The same as for a traditional course at the college.

C. Less than for a traditional course at the college.

3. Coming to campus on a regular schedule is:

A. Extremely difficult for me. I have commitments (work, family or personal) during times when classes are offered.

B. A little difficult, but I can rearrange my schedule to allow for regular attendance on campus.

C. Easy for me, but I want the option of not attending.

4. The space I have available for studying is:

A. Private, quiet and roomy enough for me to work.

B. At the kitchen table, with other family members coming and going.

C. I can study at the public library or at work when I'm not busy.

5. I would classify myself as someone who:

A. Often gets things done ahead of time.

B. Needs reminding sometimes to get things done on time.

C. Puts things off until the last minute and sometimes don't get them done.

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6. In my past school experience, I:

A. Studied a lot outside of class.

B. Sometimes studied outside of class, but usually with a friend.

C. Almost never needed to study outside of class.

7. I would classify my reading ability as:

A. Good. I read pretty fast and usually understand what I read without help.

B. Average. I read pretty fast, but I sometimes need help to understand what I read.

C. Below average. I read slowly and often need help to understand what I read.

8. When I receive an assignment, I prefer:

A. Figuring out the instructions myself.

B. Trying to follow the directions on my own, then asking for help as needed.

C. Having the instructions explained to me.

9. When I study:

A. I am able to prioritize assignments and make 6-9 hours for every 3 credit hour course available for study each week.

B. I am able to prioritize assignments, but don't always have the time to finish them.

C. I know what the assignments are, but work on the easiest ones first, and often don't get them all completed.

10. When I study:

A. I often check outside resources like dictionaries or web sites to try to understand better.

B. I like to have all the resources I need given to me by the instructor.

C. I don't like to use any resources that aren't assigned by the instructor.

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11. Feeling that I am part of a class and a college is:

A. Not particularly necessary to me.

B. Somewhat important to me.

C. Very important to me.

12. Classroom discussion is:

A. Rarely helpful to me.

B. Sometimes helpful to me.

C. Almost always helpful to me.

13. My favorite way to communicate with my friends and co-workers is through:

A. Leaving phone messages and email.

B. Texting, social forums, or instant messaging.

C. Face to face conversations.

14. I feel that I can better express my opinions:

A. In an online discussion format or on paper, where I can write my thoughts.

B. In a "live" online setting, like a webinar.

C. In a real classroom with the rest of the class.

15. I feel that I learn better when:

A. I can study alone.

B. I study alone; but can talk with my instructor during office hours.

C. When I study with friends.

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16. I have access to a reliable computer:

A. Every day, whenever I want it.

B. Three or four times a week, at work.

C. At my local library when I can get there.

17. The computer I use has:

A. (whatever NCC has for min requirements; plus high speed Internet access, Microsoft Office software, sound card, DVD/CD-Rom, high resolution monitor) �requirements, with the newest versions of MS Office products.)

B. A dial-up modem, lower resolution PC and a "freeware" type of word processing application.

C. Something that doesn't meet the minimum requirements at all.

18. I use a computer mostly for:

A. My daily tasks at work.

B. Surfing the web and social networking sites.

C. Checking email and playing solitaire.

19. My level of experience using a computer is:

A. Working with a variety of applications, such as photo or imaging software, spreadsheets, some databases, etc.

B. Working with files, such as creating, saving, attaching, printing documents, and copying, pasting and deleting in a document.

C. Logging on, working with email, and using the mouse.

20. My level of experience using the Internet is:

A. Installing and using different web browsers, search engines, and reference tools.

B. Using web tools such as the forward/backward buttons, print, bookmarking, and working with pop-up windows.

C. Entering a web address, scrolling, and closing the site.

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Updated: June 30, 2011

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