eLearning Centre

Am I a candidate for eLearning?

Am I a candidate imageIf you are asking yourself "How well would online-learning courses fit my circumstances and lifestyle?", complete this survey to help you decide whether or not learning online is best for you.


Print this page and circle an answer for each question and score as directed below. Answer honestly; no one will see this but you!

Students who tend to be most successful are those individuals, who are self-directed and self-motivated in their learning and study habits. 

(This questionnaire is adapted from "Are Telecourses for Me?" from PBS-Adult Learning Service, The Agenda, Spring 1994.)

  1. My need to take this course now is: 
    a. High – I need it immediately for a specific goal. 
    b. Moderate – I could take it on campus later or substitute another course. 
    c. Low – It could be postponed.

  2. Feeling that I am part of a class is: 
    a. Not particularly necessary to me. 
    b. Somewhat important to me. 
    c. Very important to me.

  3. 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 or doesn't complete them.

  4. Classroom discussion is: 
    a. Rarely helpful to me. 
    b. Sometimes helpful to me. 
    c. Almost always helpful to me.

  5. When an instructor hands out directions 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.

  6. When I have to express my thoughts in writing: 
    a. I enjoy expressing my ideas in writing. 
    b. I need a lot of time to organize my thoughts. 
    c. I try to avoid having to write long essays.

  7. Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on a Online-learning course is: 
    a. More than enough for an on-campus course. 
    b. The same as for a class held on campus. 
    c. Less than for a class held on campus.

  8. Coming to campus on a regular schedule is: 
    a. Extremely difficult for me – I have commitments (work, family or personal) during times when classes are offered.
    b. A little difficult, but I can rearrange my priorities to allow for regular attendance on campus. 
    c. Easy for me.

  9. As a reader, I would classify myself as: 
    a. Good – I usually understand the text without help. 
    b. Average – I sometimes need help to understand the text. 
    c. Slower than average.

  10. When I need help understanding the subject: 
    a. I am comfortable approaching an instructor to ask for clarification. 
    b. I am uncomfortable approaching an instructor, but do it anyway. 
    c. I never approach an instructor to admit I don't understand something.


Add 3 points for each " a " that you circled, 2 for each " b ," and 1 for each " c ."

  • If you scored 20 or more, a Online-learning course is a real possibility for you.
  • If you scored between 11 and 20, Online-learning courses may work for you, but you may need to make a few adjustments in your schedule and study habits to succeed.
  • If you scored 10 or less, Online learning currently may not be the best alternative for you; talk to your counsellor.

Online - Learning Realities...

  1. Online-learning students sometimes neglect their courses because of personal or professional circumstances. Having a compelling reason for taking the course helps motivate the student to stick with the course. 
  2. Some students prefer the flexibility of Online Learning; others find the online environment uncomfortable and miss being part of the classroom experience. 
  3. Online-learning courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes. 
  4. Some people learn best by interacting with other students and instructors. Others learn better by listening, reading and reviewing on their own. Online-learning courses provide less opportunity for group interaction than most on-campus courses, but this is through written discussion, not conversation. 
  5. Online Learning requires you to work from written directions. 
  6. Online Learning requires at least as much time as on-campus courses. Students surveyed say that online-learning courses are as hard or harder than on-campus courses. 
  7. Most people who are successful with Online Learning find it difficult to come to campus on a regular basis because of their work, family or personal schedules. 
  8. Print materials are the primary source of directions and information in online-learning courses. 
  9. Students who do well in online-learning courses are usually comfortable contacting the instructor as soon as they need help with the course.