Distance Learning Self Assessment


Is a Distance Learning course right for you?

 

Answering the following questions can help predict chances of success in a distance learning course:  

1.

Yes 

No 

I am an independent worker.

2.

Yes 

No 

I can set a schedule and stick to it.

3.

Yes 

No 

I am a good reader.

4.

Yes 

No 

I follow written directions well.

5.

Yes 

No 

I am above average in my writing skills.

6.

Yes 

No 

I am above average in grammar and mechanics skills.

7.

Yes 

No 

I am 21 or older.

8.

Yes 

No 

I have taken previous college classes.

9.

Yes 

No 

I expect a distance class to be equal to or harder than a regular class. 

10.

Yes 

No 

I need a lot of encouragement.

11.

Yes 

No 

I can take this class some other way another time.

12.

Yes

No 

I have dropped or repeated classes.


The perfect distance learning student would answer:

Questions 1-9: Yes
Questions 10-12: No

You don't have to be perfect to enroll. This is just to help you consider factors that seem to determine success.



More about taking a distance course...

Characteristics of Successful Students in Distance Learning Courses:

Successful distance learning students are generally older, highly motivated, self-starting people who read a lot. Many are home bound because of children or disabilities or just prefer to take classes at home.

Others are place bound. They might be working on an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean, fishing in the Gulf of Alaska, or living in the Midwest, far from a university. Some are job bound. They may have rotating and unusual shifts, like some industrial workers or fire fighters.

Others are just trying to get more of that precious commodity--time! Perhaps the greatest advantage stated by people taking a distance course is that it allows them to manage their own time to meet their needs. These are general national profiles.

State-wide in Washington, the typical distance education student is enrolled in college full time. He/she is 25 years old, three years younger than the typical student, and is more likely than students in general to be planning to complete a two year degree (47 percent compared to 34 percent of all students). She/he is also more likely than the typical student to be working (61 percent), especially full-time (31 percent). The typical distance education student is also enrolled in regularly scheduled classes, taking just one 5 credit distance education course and one or two other courses that are regularly scheduled.

Distance learning courses are very focused and usually don't offer much direct help reviewing prerequisite material, help that you might get in a face-to-face class. You will need to be an active participant in the learning process and  get extra help or dig out the information on your own, at least more than you would in a regular class. Distance learning courses also tend to be harder than or require more total time than traditional courses.  



Still More To Consider...

International students (ESL and IESL) should definitely consider taking traditional classes as their highest priority because they will miss the face-to-face classroom interaction-and they can get online interaction later). With distance learning, they will also lose the opportunity to clarify points immediately and to improve speaking skills, an important part of learning another language.

Our desire is to provide you with quality education so you can succeed in your career goals. If you decide to enroll in a distance course, we hope this information gave you a better understanding of the special requirements of distance learning classes. 

If you have any additional questions or would like to talk to a person about distance learning at WWCC, please contact:

Distance Learning
Walla Walla Community College
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla WA 99362
509.527.4331