Distance Learning Readiness

Distance Learning is a wonderful educational opportunity for students and faculty, alike. It is convenient, engaging, efficient, and (when done right) increases student learning. But that doesn’t mean that it is right for everyone.

Not everyone is ‘built’ for online education. Successful distance learning students have the following characteristics:

  • Self-directed 
  • Self-learner
  • Effective time manager
  • Highly motivated
  • Participatory (active role in class discussions)
  • Communicate effectively (especially written)
  • Comfortable with technology (and the ensuing glitches that arise with said technology)

Helpful Resources

How can you tell if distance learning is right for you? Here are some helpful resources: 

  • Academic Center for Excellence (ACE): ACE has put together a thorough compilation of material to help you assess whether you will be a successful online learner. 
  • Smarterer: Smarterer is a skill test repository used to assess technical proficiency

Myths & Truths in Distance Learning

There are quite a few widely–believed myths about online education. They are just that – myths. Here, we break down many of those myths, and provide the truth behind them. 

The most important thing to keep in mind: Online classes take a lot of work! Probably the most widely misunderstood concept in distance learning is the amount of effort required. It is easy to confuse the convenience of taking a distance education course with thinking the course won’t require much work or attention. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Distance education courses typically require MORE effort from students than in the traditional classroom – particularly because it is self-directed.