Thinking about enrolling in a Distance Education course or program?

Answer the following questions by selecting one answer to each question. This quiz can help you decide whether a distance-delivered course is right for you. It is for your own use only, so try to be as honest and as accurate as possible.

When you have answered all 10 questions, click the "Submit" button that appears at the bottom of the page.

1. Having face-to-face interaction with my instructors and fellow students is:

(a) not particularly important to me.
(b) somewhat important to me.
(c) very important to me.

2. I would classify myself as someone who:

(a) is good at prioritizing tasks and often gets things done ahead of time without being reminded by my instructor.
(b) is sometimes poor at prioritizing, needs to be reminded of assignments once in a while, and often does assignments at the last minute.
(c) is poor at prioritizing and sometimes forgets to complete assignments if I'm not reminded about them frequently.

3. Classroom discussion is:

(a) rarely helpful to me.
(b) sometimes helpful to me.
(c) almost always helpful to me.

4. When an instructor hands out instructions for an assignment, I prefer:

(a) figuring out the instructions myself.
(b) trying to follow the directions on my own, then asking for help as needed.
(c) having the instructions explained to me.

5. When it comes to assessing my own progress, I:

(a) feel as if I can keep tabs on my progress, even without immediate or frequent feedback from my instructor.
(b) prefer to receive regular feedbackfrom my instructor, but don't mind if I can't get that feedback immediately after turning in a test or assignment.
(c) need feedback from my instructor immediately and often.

6. My need to take a distance delivered course is:

(a) High -- I need it immediately for a degree, job advancement or other important reason.
(b) Moderate -- I could take it on campus or substitute another course.
(c) Low -- It's a personal interest that could be postponed.

7. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on an online course is:

(a) 7-9 hours per week.
(b) 4-6 hours per week.
(c) 1-3 hours per week.

8. When I am asked to use software or technologies that I haven't used before (such as e-mail, voice mail, a VCR):

(a) I look forward to learning new skills.
(b) I feel apprehensive, but try anyway.
(c) I put it off or try to avoid it.

9. My personal and professional schedule is:

(a) Predictable. I can generally plan, well in advance, blocks of time to devote to my coursework.
(b) Generally predictable, but sometimes last minute meetings or events come up that I cannot reschedule.
(c) Kind of crazy. I rarely know when I'm going to have free time that I can set aside for my coursework.

10. I would classify myself as someone who:

(a) Often gets things done ahead of time.
(b) Needs reminding to get things done on time.
(c) Puts things off until the last minute.


Modified Western Governors University Distance EducationSelf-Assessment @