If you can answer “Yes” to the following questions, you are probably prepared to enroll and succeed in an online course. If you cannot respond “Yes” to all of these questions, you may want to consider enrolling in a hybrid course, which is a combination of an online and on-campus traditional course.
1. When you need help, are you comfortable approaching a professor to ask for clarification?
2. Are you comfortable with a self-learning environment?
3. Do you have good time management skills? Will you be able to schedule your time effectively and to stay on task to complete assignments outside of class?
4. Are you self-disciplined and self-motivated?
5. Do you have the ability to read and follow written instructions?
6. Do you have (or are you willing to obtain) access to the Web at home?
7. Do you have good computing skills including:
- Using keyboard and mouse
- Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
- Software installation, security, and virus protection?
8. Do you have strong web browser/Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases?
9. Do you have the ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers?
10. Do you have strong software application skills such as:
- Using word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel (i.e., Word)
- Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
- Sending and downloading attachments?
11. Do you have the equipment and software outlined in the section entitled: Student Hardware and Software Requirements?