Macdonald Education

Is On Line Learning For You?

At Macdonald Education Pty Ltd, we understand that students can some times feel alone when taking courses by distance learning. We have developed these questions that we believe will assist you in deciding if On Line Learning is for you.

On Line learning is different in many respects from the traditional face-to-face learning we're all used to, primarily in the way we get our information and how we interact with facilitators. Many people say they learn more On Line and their retention is better too.

Lifestyles play a big role in the success of On Line learners. These are the traits that successful On Line students possess, to varying degrees:

  • Self-Directed 
  • Motivated 
  • Comfortable with computers 
  • Able to use email, internet browser, word processor 
  • Like to read and write 
  • Inquisitive 
  • Disciplined 
  • Independent
  • Able to stay on task

Are you self-directed and motivated?
As On Line learning happens on your schedule, you'll need to be self-directed and motivated to complete the activities and assessment tasks. You'll be responsible for creating the time line to finish each topic.

Are your technical skills adequate?
Along with having access to a computer and not being overwhelmed by typing, On Line learners should be comfortable with internet browsing and searching, email, sending and reading attachments and word processing.

Do you have good reading and numeracy skills?
Reading and basic number skills can play a large part in any course and especially On Line. The ability to read and comprehend subject matter without it being a chore is critical to your success.

Does written communication come easily for you?
In most cases writing is the primary method of communication in On Line classes, so you should be at ease with writing to express your thoughts, share ideas and ask questions.

Will you ask questions when you need to?
If you typically don't hesitate to seek help when you need it you'll do fine. Since you'll be in an On Line environment it's important to let your facilitator know when you need help.

If you're satisfied with your answers to these questions, you're likely to do well in an On Line learning course.

Remember, we are always there to help. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day and you can always contact us by email. See what some of our other students have said in the “Testimonials” section.


Last modified: Thursday, 28 February 2013, 1:33 PM