2017-2018 Student Handbook

E-Learning Success (Success in Online Courses)

Taking an on line course requires just as much time and effort as an in-class course. Consider these questions before you register for an online course.

Yes No Do you like to work alone? Distance learning does not provide the face-to-face interaction of a classroom course.
Yes No Are you comfortable working primarily with a text-based medium? Without a lecture, you will have more reading to do than the same class on campus.
Yes No Are you comfortable asking for clarification and continuing to ask when you need more information?
Yes No Do you have good, basic computer skills? Do you know how to use the Internet, send emails and attachments, and manage files?
Yes No Are you an effective manager of your time? Good time management skills are essential; it could take you from six to 15 hours or more per week for each online course.
Yes No Are you disciplined?
Yes No Are you detail oriented?
Yes No Do you have good problem solving skills?
Yes No Do you need convenience and a flexible schedule?
Yes No Do you have your own computer with Internet service at home?
Yes No Do you have the software required for the course? Although CF campuses have computer labs students can use, you must factor the extra time spent on campus to use that resource.

If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you might want to try an online course.