Are you ready for e-learning? Find out at the expanded The Teacher Center through a quick, convenient, and painless online assessment. You'll learn more about e-learning and your readiness to begin a course or program delivered at a distance, from the technology you need to the skills and characteristics of successful e-learners.
Are you ready for e-learning? Is your learning style compatible with what is needed to be a successful e-learner? We have a short assessment activity to help you decide and a set of tools, tips and information to help prepare you for a successful e-learning experience. Take the personalized assessment or follow any of the links below to learn more about becoming a successful e-learner.
Is E-learning for You? Some Helpful Tips
There is a growing body of research pointing to the personal characteristics that help to ensure you will have a successful and enjoyable e-learning experience. These findings are summarized below. The assessment tool that follows will address many of these points and provide you with more a detailed assessment.
- Work Independently - e-learning requires that you study independently although you won't work in isolation.
- Self-Motivated - as with any learning experience, students who have a drive to learn and achieve will be successful.
- Reading and Writing Skills - these may be even more important than in the traditional classroom; these skills are necessary for you to communicate and engage in online discourse.
- Time Management - you must as an e-learner effectively manage your time for classroom activities and interaction, reading and responding to "posts" (communications from other students), writing, etc.
- Time Commitment - prior to beginning an e-learning course, be sure you have committed the necessary time; while convenient, e-learning does require a real commitment.
- Preparation - like any other course or learning activity, you need to be prepared, have met all course prerequisites, know the objectives of the course and have a plan.
- Comfortable with Technology - while you don't need to be a computer wiz, you do need to have a level of comfort working with a computer, a central tool in online learning.
- Appropriate Technology - while technology needs vary and are determined by the providing colleges and universities, a basic technology "system" is a must.
We have assembled a set of assessment tools utilizing the University System of Georgia's Student Online Readiness Tool (SORT) to help you determine your readiness for e-learning. Take a few minutes and complete our e-learning assessments. The results will provide you with some valuable feedback you can use in considering whether e-learning is for you. It can also help you determine if you have the necessary technology and learner characteristics needed to be successful. The assessments include:
- Access to Tools
- Technology Experience
- Learning Preferences
- Study Habits
- Goals and Purposes
- Lifestyle Factors
- Personal Characteristics
After taking the assessments, visit any of the modules in the The Teacher Center to learn more about campus-based and e-learning courses, programs, and services for adults.
Links to SREB State and Related Resources