Self-Assessment: Is Online Learning Right For You?

Taking an online course is not the same as attending a class on campus. It takes self-discipline and the ability to manage your time. If you’re thinking about taking an online course, use our self-assessment below to help you determine whether online learning is right for you.

Click on “yes” or “no” below each question to get a better idea of how prepared you are to take an online course.

Part I: Educational Experience and History

Have you ever taken a college-level course?

Yes
No

Have you ever completed a course that required a significant amount of independent study?

Yes
No

Part II: Internet Access and Experience

Do you have access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection?

Yes
No

Do you have a quiet place to study?

Yes
No

Have you ever used a learning management system (such as Sakai or Blackboard)?

Yes
No

Are you comfortable with sending emails (with or without attachments) and posting to discussion boards?

Yes
No

If you have computer trouble, is there someone you can turn to for help?

Yes
No

Part III: Study Skills

Can you manage your time effectively and meet deadlines?

Yes
No

Are you willing to spend at least as much time on an online course as you would a classroom-based course?

Yes
No

Are you comfortable conducting online research either through UNC Libraries or by using a search engine such as Google?

Yes
No

Are you proficient at reading and writing in English?

Yes
No

 

Results

If you answered yes to most of the questions, then you’re probably ready for online learning now. Check out Credit Programs for Part-time Students to learn more about our online courses and think about which ones might be right for you.

If you answered no to most of the questions, then we encourage you to check out the suggestions and resources that we provided in those answers to continue your preparation for taking an online course. There’s only so much that we can cover in a self-assessment, so you should also consider talking with one of our advisors. See Academic Advising for more information.