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Distance Education Questionairre

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Is distance education
right for you?

Success in a distance education course requires maturity and a strong commitment by the student. Distance education requires at least as much time as on-campus courses and many students feel that the courses are as hard or harder than on-campus courses. The following quiz is a self-administered tool to assist you in determining your readiness for Distance Learning course work. Answer honestly - no one will see this but you!

1. My need to take this course now is:

  1. High - I need it immediately
  2. Moderate - I could take it on campus later or substitute another course
  3. Low - it could be postponed

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2. As a reader, I would classify myself as:
  1. Good - I usually understand the text without help
  2. Average - I sometimes need help to understand text
  3. Slower than average

3. I would classify myself as someone who:

  1. Often gets things done ahead of time
  2. Needs reminding to get things done on time
  3. Puts things off until the last minute


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4. I need faculty comments on my

  1. Within a few weeks, so I can review what I did
  2. Within a few days, or I forget what I did
  3. Right away, or I get very frustrated
5. Live classroom discussion is:
  1. Not particularly necessary to me
  2. Somewhat important to me
  3. Very important to me

6. Feeling that I am part of a classroom is:

  1. Not particularly necessary for me
  2. Somewhat important to me
  3. Very important to me

7. When an instructor hands out directions for an assignment, I prefer:

  1. Figuring out the instructions myself
  2. Trying to follow the directions on my own, then asking for help as needed
  3. Having the instructions explained to me

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8. When I am asked to use VCR's, computers, voice mail, e-mail, or other technologies that are new to me:
  1. I look forward to learning new skills
  2. I feel apprehensive, but I try anyway
  3. I put it off or try to avoid it

9. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on a Distance Learning course is:

  1. More than enough time for an on-campus course
  2. The same as for an on-campus course
  3. Less than for an on-campus course
10. When I need help understanding the subject:
  1. I am comfortable approaching an instructor for clarification
  2. I am uncomfortable approaching an instructor for clarification
  3. I never approach an instructor to admit I don't understand something

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Score yourself:

Add 3 points for each "a" that you chose, 2 points for each "b", and 1 point for each "c".

20 or over: A distance learning course is a real possibility for you.
11-19: Distance learning courses may work for you, but you may need to make a few adjustments in your schedule and study habits to succeed.
10 or less: A distance learning course may not currently be the best alternative for you. It would be best to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.
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Brookdale Community College Georgian Court College Kean University Montclair State University New Jersey City University New Jersey Institute of Technology Ocean County College Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey