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Distance Learning Self-Assessment Quiz


 

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

Thinking about taking a distance-learning course? How good a candidate are you for succeeding in distance-delivered courses? This free assessment is designed to showcase the skills, learning style, and attributes necessary for distance-education success. So, take our quiz and see whether distance education is right for you. Remember to be as honest with yourself as possible.

 

Directions: For each question, please choose whether you agree, disagree, or are neutral.

 

  1. I am a self-starter with the self-discipline to set a schedule and stick with it. I have good time-management skills.

  2.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  3. The part of education I enjoy the most is the discovery of new information and ideas.

  4.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  5. I feel comfortable reading/viewing material from various sources (textbooks, articles, Websites) and integrating it on my own.

  6.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  7. I am comfortable working independently and do not feel the need for constant attention and direction from the instructor.

  8.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  9. I have been a good student in the past - or consider myself a good student now.

  10.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  11. Classroom discussion can often be helpful, but too often it is off-topic or distracting.

  12.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  13. I feel competent in assessing my own progress, knowing what assignments are due, and performing well - even without frequent feedback from the instructor.

  14.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  15. Prioritizing tasks -- and then accomplishing them before their deadlines -- is one of my strong points. I am not a procrastinator.

  16.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  17. I have a fairly predictable schedule of personal and professional activities -- with time easily set aside for coursework.

  18.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  19. I believe I can dedicate the same amount of time and effort to a distance learning course that I could to a classroom-based course.

  20.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  21. I feel very sure of expressing myself in writing. I have reasonably strong writing skills.

  22.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  23. I am just as comfortable interacting with my instructor and fellow classmates via email, discussion groups, and chat rooms as I am with face-to-face discussion -- perhaps even more so.

  24.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  25. I have a high need to take a distance learning course now -- to earn a degree or certificate, for a promotion, or for a new job.

  26.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  27. I am very at ease working on computers acquiring information through the Internet and learning new software, technologies, and techniques.

  28.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

  29. I have a specific - and quiet - area (of my house or apartment) where I can get online, study, and complete my course assignments.

  30.  ___agree
     ___disagree
     ___neutral

     

What's your distance learning score? Go to our Distance Learning Self-Assessment Quiz Scoring Guide.

 

QuintCareers.com Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

 


 

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