Is Online Learning Right For Me? 


Before you register for an online course you should consider the following recommendations: Owning a home computer with internet access provides you with the most flexibility in attending your online course. It is not recommended that you register for an online course where the only access you have to a computer is at the school’s computer lab, a friend’s house, a public library, or at work. The inconvenience of not having your own computer interferes greatly with meeting assignment due dates and working effectively. You will need to make sure your computer is ready by setting up your browser for D2L Brightspace. Information on browser compatibility is available from Brightspace site.

Communicating in the virtual classroom is nearly all written, so it is critical that students feel comfortable in expressing themselves in writing. Many students have limited writing abilities, which should be addressed before or as part of the online experience. This may require remedial efforts on the part of the student.

Learning online is no easier than learning in the traditional in person class setting. In fact, many students will say it requires much more time and commitment. The requirements for online are no less than that of any other quality educational program. The successful student will view online as a convenient way to receive their education – not an easier way.

Understanding how you learn and how self-disciplined you are will lead to a better decision about taking an online course. Online learning is not for everyone. Knowing what personal skills are beneficial to online learning is necessary. Please visit the following Online Readiness Surveys to determine if you are a good candidate for an online course:

MN Online Distance Education Quiz

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