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Overview

Earning your degree online or via distance learning with CU is extremely enticing:

 

  • Work on assignments when convenient for you
  • Study at home or office
  • Access learning resources online any time you need them
  • Determine the courses that are most relevant to you
  • Earn credit for work experience gained through life long learning

 

 

But earning a degree via distance learning is not right for everyone. There is the mistaken belief or myth that online distance learning programs are easier than traditional courses. The hard reality is that the dropout rate for higher education online programs is typically 20 percent higher than it is for traditionally delivered programs.

Some of the challenges online distance learning students face revolves around discipline, organization and independence. In a traditional setting you would meet with a professor or attend a classroom, this forces you to get you work and readings done. Since CU programs are self paced, students need to have the discipline to push them-selves and impose deadlines to guarantee progress is made on their assignments. CU students enjoy a greater freedom in the content of their assignments which in turn requires a greater degree of organization. Due to the nature of distance learning students will need to be comfortable reading material on their own and working on exercises independently.

To assist students and student with access to their Online Student Section. The Online Student Section allows students to:

 


Take the Distance learning Quiz

Will you become a successful online student? Answer the following questions and let's find out if an online or distance learning Center degree program is right for you. Write down the number for each statement that best describes you.

  1. Which statement best describes you? (Yes/No)
      I am a self-starter with solid personal motivation.
      I need occasional prodding to accomplish goals.
      I don't work independently and require constant prodding or reminders.
  2. I learn best:
      When I read material.
      When I see or hear it (auditory/visual).
      When I can both hear and see the material.
  3. As a worker:
      I usually meet or beat deadlines.
      I have a hard time getting focused by myself.
      I procrastinate to the last minute and beyond.
  4. On tests and other school assignments:
      I figure out instructions on my own.
      I can usually follow the directions, but I like them to be available.
      I have difficulty figuring out instructions on my own and need to hear them read to me.
  5. When I turn in an assignment, I like feedback from the teacher.
      Within a reasonable amount of time.
      Within a day or two, or I become distracted.
      Immediately.
  6. When it comes to the organization of the class material:
      I can learn even if the class is not highly structured.
      I like some structure in the class.
      I feel very uncomfortable without structure.
  7. Dealing with technology:
      I have excellent computer skills.
      I have some computer and Internet facility.
      I am not very familiar with a computer and do not feel comfortable surfing the Net.
  8. When I am asked to use computers, e-mail, or other technologies:
      I have little or no difficulty learning new skills.
      I am glad to try and ask for help if necessary.
      I frequently get frustrated and may prefer to avoid computer work.
  9. Feeling that I am part of a class is:
      Not particularly necessary to me.
      Somewhat important to me.
      Very important to me.
  10. I would classify myself as someone who:
      Often gets things done ahead of time.
      Needs reminding to get things done on time.
      Puts things off until the last minute or doesn't complete them
  11. Classroom discussion is:
      Rarely helpful to me.
      Sometimes helpful to me.
      Almost always helpful to me.
  12. When an instructor hands out directions for an assignment, I prefer:
      Figuring out the instructions myself.
      Trying to follow the directions on my own, then asking for help as needed.
      Having the instructions explained to me.
  13. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on a distance learning course is:
      More than enough for an on campus course.
      The same as for a class on campus.
      Less than for a class on campus.
  14. As a reader, I would classify myself as:
      Good. I usually understand the text without help.
      Average. I sometimes need help to understand the text.
      Slower than average.

Now determine your score by adding up the number for each of the 14 questions above.
(14-20) Certifiable e-learner!
(21-29) Online / Distance Learning is right for you.
(30-37) Consider a hybrid program offering with some class attendance.
(38-42) Campus body - choose a college or Center you can attend. (1)


Distance Learning Quiz # 2

The following quiz can determine whether your personality and lifestyle are compatible to online distance learning. Keep track of the number or "Yes" and "No" answers to the 18 questions below.

  1. I have access to a computer and the internet required for a distance learning experience.
      Yes
      No
  2. I am not intimidated by using technology applications for learning.
      Yes
      No
  3. I feel comfortable using a computer for basic word processing, using the Internet, and sending/receiving e-mail.
      Yes
      No
  4. I have strong time management skills and am able to meet deadlines and keep track of assignments, and I enjoy and am successful at independent learning.
      Yes
      No
  5. I am able to learn successfully without face-to-face interaction with others.
      Yes
      No
  6. I can easily express my ideas, comments, and questions in writing.
      Yes
      No
  7. I am generally flexible and can easily adjust to changing schedules.
      Yes
      No
  8. I am a self starter.
      Yes
      No
  9. I am a good time manager.
      Yes
      No
  10. I am capable of self-discipline.
      Yes
      No
  11. I am good at comprehending what I read.
      Yes
      No
  12. I am goal directed if I set my sights on a result, I usually achieve it.
      Yes
      No
  13. I feel confident about my academic skills.
      Yes
      No
  14. I am persistent and don't give up easily in the face of deadlines.
      Yes
      No
  15. I believe in taking responsibility for myself and my education.
      Yes
      No
  16. I am willing to try something new.
      Yes
      No
  17. I am willing to work in a non-structured setting.
      Yes
      No
  18. I enjoy actively participating in my learning process by working on projects and independent research based assignments.
      Yes
      No

 

If you answered "yes" to at least 12 of these 18 statements, a distance learning online degree program with CU may be right for you! But, if you answered "yes" to fewer than 12, you might want to rethink your interest in an online or distance learning program. (2)


Explanation


 

Distance Learning students sometimes neglect their courses because of personal or professional circumstances. Having a compelling reason for taking the course helps motivate the student to stick with the course. Some students prefer the independence of Distance Learning; others find the independence uncomfortable and miss being part of the classroom experience. Distance Learning programs give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes. Some people learn best by interacting with other students and instructors. Others learn better by listening, reading and reviewing on their own. Some Distance Learning programs provide less opportunity for group interaction than most on-campus courses. Distance learning requires you to work from written directions. It may take as long as two to three weeks to get comments back from your instructor in Distance Learning classes. Distance Learning requires at least as much time as on-campus courses. Students surveyed say that Distance Learning programs are as hard or harder than on campus courses. Most people who are successful with Distance Learning find it difficult to come to campus on a regular basis because of their work/family/personal schedules. Print or online materials are the primary source of directions and information in Distance Learning. (1)

1. (Adapted from "Are Telecourses For Me?" and printed in the PBS-Adult Learning Service The Agenda, this questionnaire was developed by the Northern Virginia Community College Extended Learning Institute.)

2. Gilbert, Sara Dulaney. "From How To Be a Successful Student." McGraw Hill, 2001, Pages 75-78.

 

 

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