Online Learning Tour

How do I know if I am the "right" type for this mode of learning?

People learn in different ways and at different rates. Some students enjoy listening to lectures, others draw concepts in their notebooks, yet others enjoy working in small groups. Visual learners tend to do best in online courses. Others learn to adapt. Online learning is not restricted by time or location, and as a result, it is a convenient learning environment for adults who have busy lives. However, it may not be the right mode of learning for you. Find out about your learning preference by taking the following Learning Styles inventory.

Learning Styles Index. (Developed by Barbara A. Soloman, North Carolina State University)

Online learning is ideal for:

  • Individuals who are self-motivated.
  • Individuals who are self-directed learners.
  • Individuals who are good readers.
  • Individuals who do not procrastinate.
  • Individuals who prefer an individualized mode of learning.
  • Individuals who do not need the stimulation of a traditional class.
  • Individuals who are excited and fairly comfortable with technology.

Other requirements:

  • Ability to access the course for a minimum of 10 hours a week.
  • Motivation to adapt to a nontraditional learning environment.

Do not disregard the importance of the above; they will determine your success.

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This orientation was originally developed by Vivie Sinou as part of a grant from the Chancellor's Office, CA, 1999-00, and was adapted for Foothill College. The pages were designed with ideas from Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction, Illinois Online Network, and input from members of the California Community College Distance Learning Consortium.

Last Updated September 12, 2014
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