Analyze Your Answers

Question 1
Distance education classes do provide some feedback and interaction with instructors and other students; however, this level of interaction might not be the same level as in the traditional classroom. For this reason, students need to be self-motivated when working through their coursework.
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 6
  • Answer 3 = 2

Question 2
Some students have the misconception that online courses are easier or take less time than traditional on-campus courses. This is absolutely not true. Distance education courses take just as much time and effort as a traditional class. In some cases, because students are more independent and responsible for progressing through their learning experience, some students report spending slightly more effort in an online course.
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 7
  • Answer 3 = 2

Question 3
Students enrolled in online courses must be comfortable with using the web and relevant computer applications. Our program requires students to research information using the internet and utilize various software programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Word. Also, students need to be able to install the needed plug-ins used to access course materials.
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 7
  • Answer 3 = 1

Question 4
Because the online learning environment is very different from the traditional class, there will be times when you need to try out a new software package or plug-in. Students should see this as a welcome challenge and work with the class and instructors to learn this new piece of technology. 
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 6
  • Answer 3 = 2

Question 5
Students must be able to manage their time wisely when participating in a distance education classroom. Students are required to keep track of when projects are due and turn them in before the specified due date. While some professors provide reminders as to when assignments are due, students will need to learn to become responsible for allocating their time. People who procrastinate when it comes to course projects and assignments tend to have a great deal of difficulty in this type of learning environment.
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 5
  • Answer 3 = 0

Question 6
While the distance education classroom provides convenience by allowing students to access content, assignments, quizzes and activities at any time and from any internet connection, students should expect to be assigned the same amount of work as in the traditional on-campus class. 
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 6
  • Answer 3 = 2

Question 7
Your answer to this question is important in determining whether or not distance education is right for you. Students enrolled in distance education courses must be self-motivated, independent learners. While faculty members are available to provide feedback when needed, students must be intrinsically motivated to progress through their studies.
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 6
  • Answer 3 = 2

Question 8
Because all of the information provided in UT Dallas' distance education courses is delivered via the internet, it is imperative that students have regular and reliable access to the internet. High-speed access (i.e. DSL or cable) is recommended; however, dial-up will work in most cases. 
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 3
  • Answer 3 = 0

Question 9
Course content is presented to students through online presentations that rely heavily on the use of audio, video, graphics and text. Your computer must be capable of accessing this type of media.
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 5
  • Answer 3 = 0

Question 10
Communication within a UT Dallas online course is conducted through email, discussion boards and chat. If students have experience in these methods of communication, this will help them advance through their classes and become more active in the course communications.
If you selected:

  • Answer 1 = 10 pts
  • Answer 2 = 8
  • Answer 3 = 2


Page last updated on November 14, 2013 .