3. Considering Online Education

3.1. Challenges to Learning Online

Online learning requires some self-discipline to be successful. If you answer yes to the following questions, online learning may be right for you.

  • Can you stay on task without direct supervision?
  • Can you manage your time well and prioritize your workload?
  • Are you able to learn by reading?
  • Do you usually understand written instructions?

Computer experience

You will need the following skills and capabilities before you begin your courses. Some limited assistance is available if you have problems in any of these areas.

  • Know how to open, create, save, print, and move files on or from your computer.
  • Know how to download files and find them later.
  • Know how to play video files.
  • Know how to install software on your computer.
  • Be able to access the World Wide Web (www) on a regular basis.
  • Know how to download and print documents from the Internet.
  • Know how to upload documents to the Internet.
  • Have an active e-mail address and know how to send and receive e-mail messages.
  • Know how to attach a file to an e-mail and open a file attachment.
  • Know how to "copy and paste" text to and from office applications, the Internet and e-mail