Survey Results


Is Nicholls Online Right for Me?

30-36 points You have what it takes to be a great distance learner.
21-29 points You could be a successful distance learner if properly motivated.
12-20 points Online learning is probably not for you. You would have more success in a face-to-face learning environment with an instructor.

Some discussion of our questions:

Q1: I have access to a computer and the Internet.
A1: A computer with Internet access is necessary to successfully complete an online course.

Q2: I am not intimidated by using technology applications for learning.
A2: Distance-learning environments require students access their courses, classmates and instructors through a variety of media. A student who is comfortable using various multimedia applications, and who is not intimidated by learning and exploring new applications, will be a successful distance learner.

Q3: I am comfortable using a computer for basic word processing, accessing the Internet and sending/receiving email.
A3: For most distance-learning environments, students will use a computer word-processing application to complete assignments. Students will also use the Internet to access the course website. Many assignments, as well as communications with the instructor and fellow students, will be conducted via email.

Q4: I am able to upload/download files from/to my computer.
A4: Some courses may require students to upload materials to a webpage such as a Word document or multimedia file. Others may require students download course documents to a computer hard drive.

Q5: I can open and listen to audio files and view video files.
A5: Not all instruction in an online environment is text based. Course materials may involve video lectures and podcasts from the instructor.

Q6: I have strong time-management skills and am able to meet deadlines and keep track of assignments.
A6: Distance-learning environments require the learner to be self-disciplined and motivated to stay on task and complete assignments with minimal structure.

Q7: I am able to stay on task without direct supervision.
A7: The absence of a physical instructor in the classroom is one of the basic differences of an online classroom. Distance learners have to be able to maintain a consistent schedule that allows them to keep up with course work and assignments.

Q8: I am able to learn without face-to-face interaction with others.
A8: Many distance-learning environments may not include any face-to-face interaction between the student and the instructor. While the student will have the opportunity to interact with fellow students and the instructor via email and through audio and videoconferencing, the degree to which these components will be included in a particular course varies.

Q9: I am able to learn from reading text and assignments.
A9: With the absence of a face-to-face instructor, a lot of online materials are presented in a text format, therefore, it is essential that the student be able to learn by reading textbooks and assignments.

Q10: I have good reading and comprehension skills and can follow written instructions.
A10: The majority of instruction in an online class may come from text-based materials and not from a physical instruction. Comprehending written material is key to success in an online classroom.

Q11: I can easily express my ideas, comments and questions verbally and in writing.
A11: All distance-learning environments have written components and also include audio/video components (in the form of video and/or audio conferencing). The ability to thoroughly express ideas both verbally and in writing is essential.

Q12: I am generally adaptable and willing to adjust to schedule changes.
A12: The use of technology brings with it the understanding that unplanned changes may need to be made. Re-organizing a course segment may be necessary. Students should be able to adjust to unforeseen unplanned events.