Is Distance Learning Right for You?
If you are thinking about pursuing a degree by distance learning and joining the thousands of other School of Interdisciplinary Learning alumni, then we recommend that you complete this quiz. The quiz is intended to help you determine if you are a good candidate for a distance learning program.
Select the answer that's best for you. When you are done, click "Submit" and your score will be computed.
- My need to take a course NOW is:
High–I need it immediately for my
degree or job.
Moderate–I could take it on campus
later, but it would be inconvenient.
Low–It's offered often, or I can substitute
- If I have to go on campus for exams, labs or to complete
I can go any time.
I can go with difficulty, after rearranging
I cannot go evenings or weekends.
- Considering my schedule, the time I have to work on a
distance education course is:
more than I would have for any other
the same as I would have for any other
less than I would have or any other
- Feeling a part of the class and talking with my classmates
not important for me.
somewhat important to me.
very important to me.
- I am someone who:
often gets things done ahead of time.
needs reminding to get things done
puts things off until the last minute.
- Classroom discussions are:
rarely helpful to me.
sometimes helpful to me.
very helpful to me.
- When my instructor gives an assignment, I prefer to:
figure it out for myself.
follow the directions on my own, then
ask for help if I need it.
have the instructions explained to
me in detail.
- As a reader, I am:
Good–I read fast and understand the
text without help.
Average–I need to read everything
twice and sometimes need help understanding it.
Not great–I need lots of time to read
and lots of help to understand the material.
- I need my instructor's comments on my assignments:
within a few weeks so I can review.
within a few days or I forget what
right away or I get frustrated.
- If asked to use computers, VCRs, voice mail, or other
technologies that are new to me:
I look forward to learning new skills.
I feel apprehensive, but try it anyway.
I do anything to avoid it.