Blumberg Center for
Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education

promoting achievement for students with sensory loss (PASS)

Blind, low Vision, or deafblind

distance education

is distance education for me?

Taking an online course requires just as much time and effort as a traditional on-campus course. Use these following statements to evaluate yourself to see if an online course is right for you.

My need to take this course is high and I need it for a degree, job or other important  reason.

I regularly have at least 9 to 12 hours per week to spend on each course.

I enjoy working independently and do not need constant reassurance that I am doing my work correctly.

I can budget my time well and prioritize activities efficiently.

I am willing to take responsibility for getting the help I need with this course by contacting my instructor, or my classmates.

I look forward to learning new technology skills.

I enjoy learning by reading and consider myself a good reader.

I feel that high quality learning can take place without having face-to-face interaction.

When it comes to schoolwork and deadlines, I do not/will not procrastinate.

I feel comfortable communicating using a keyboard.

I have (or will obtain) access to an Internet-accessible computer.

My lifestyle (family, work, or personal schedule) makes it difficult for me to attend a traditional college.

If you have checked the majority of the statements listed above, you may benefit from taking online courses.

Adapted from the "Is Distance Education for Me?" form, Stephen F. Austin State University,, 2002.

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