Online Learning

Is Online Learning Right for Me?

Take this quiz to find out if you are ready to take online classes.

  1. My technology access is best described as.
    • I have a computer at home with Internet access and I have my own e-mail account.
    • I have regular access to a computer with Internet access and I have my own e-mail account.
    • I don't have a computer or an e-mail address.
  2. My technology skills are.
    • Very good. I can use e-mail, Web browsers, word-processing software, and can download files and create attachments. I like trying to solve technology problems on my own and don't get frustrated easily.
    • Average. I can use e-mail, Web browsers and word-processing software. I don't feel comfortable solving technology problems on my own.
    • Below average. I have used e-mail, Web browsers and word-processing software, but I get frustrated when things don't work the way they should.
  3. Face-to-face communication is.
    • Not essential to me. I understand that quality learning can take place without face-to-face interaction.
    • Important to me and I wonder about my ability to learn without being able to see the instructor or other students.
    • Essential and I can't learn unless I can interact in person with the instructor and other students.
  4. When I need help in class.
    • I feel comfortable asking questions and asking for help when I need it.
    • I hesitate to ask questions of the instructor, but I will ask for help if I need it.
    • I don't like to ask questions or ask for help.
  5. The amount of uninterrupted time I have to devote to an online class is.
    • 15 hours or more per week, anytime during the day or night.
    • 10-15 hours per week, mainly at night.
    • Less than 10 hours per week.
  6. I would describe my personal style as:
    • Self-motivated, self-disciplined and organized.
    • Motivated, but I need help remembering assignments and due dates.
    • Pretty disorganized - I need someone to motivate me and help me stay on top of my coursework.
  7. My reading and writing abilities are.
    • Above average. I enjoy reading and writing and have confidence in my abilities.
    • OK. I read well but I'm not comfortable expressing myself in writing.
    • Below average. I don't like reading and look for classes without a lot of writing assignments.
  8. When it comes to analyzing class materials and expressing my own opinions about them I feel…
    • Confident; I can analyze class materials and formulate opinions on what I've learned.
    • A bit nervous; I can sometimes analyze class materials and form opinions but it is a struggle for me
    • Like I would rather do this with a group guiding me; analyzing material is not something I do well.
  9. Class discussions are.
    • Important to me and useful in helping me learn the information presented in class. I almost always participate in class discussions.
    • Somewhat important to my learning. I sometimes participate in class discussions.
    • Not very useful to me. I don't usually participate in class discussions.
  10. When it comes to learning.
    • I welcome opportunities to learn new things and master new technologies.
    • I get nervous around new technologies, but I like to learn.
    • I get very nervous around technology and would rather not try it.
  11. I am considering taking an online course because.
    • I've taken an online class before and enjoyed the experience.
    • I'm curious about online classes and have room in my schedule.
    • I need the class for a graduation requirement or job situation and I can't fit it in to my campus schedule.

This interactive tool was originally developed by Washington Online through the support of a US Department of Education FIPSE grant.