Distance Learning

Is Distance Learning for Me?

You can take this self-assessment to see if you are ready to take an online course.


  • I have access to and know how to use a computer and a mouse.
  • I know how to use Help menus to look for answers to my questions.
  • I know the difference between closing, minimizing, hiding windows and closing out a program.
  • I know how to use the right-click menu functions on the mouse.
  • I know how to download and install programs or plugins.
  • I know how to delete files.
  • I know how to empty the recycle bin.
  • I know where to go for help if I have problems.

Word Processing Skills

  • I know how to create a document with a word processor such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect.
  • I know how to open and close documents.
  • I know how to use spell check to check my documents for accuracy.
  • I know how to copy and paste text.
  • I know how to use the undo/redo functions.
  • I know how to create new folders.
  • I know how to save documents as different file types such as rtf, html, text only, etc.
  • I know how to print documents.

Internet and Web

  • I know how to use a search engine like Google.
  • I know how to open a web page with the URL address.
  • I know that I need to be aware of copyright issues when using information taken from the internet/web.
  • I know what plagiarism is.


  • I know how to compose, send, receive, and forward email messages.
  • I know how to attach files to email messages.
  • I know how to open files that are attached to an email.


  • I have read the student user guide for MyMtech and Moodle.
  • My computer meets the minimum requirements for working with Moodle and MyMtech.
  • I know how to log in and out of Moodle.
  • I know how to read announcements and look up calendar events in Moodle.
  • I know how to use the Forums feature in Moodle.
  • I know how to submit an assignment to my instructor in Moodle.

Personal Characteristics Conducive to Online Learning

  • I am self-motivated.
  • I can meet deadlines.
  • I am comfortable asking for help if I need it.
  • I am comfortable communicating in writing.
  • I have enough time to dedicate to this class.
  • I have good reading comprehension skills.
  • I am self-disciplined enough to keep up with course readings and assignments, and participate in class regularly without constant prompting from my professor.

If you can answer yes to most of these statements, then you are a good candidate for an online course. If you answered no to most of these statements then you might want to consider taking a basic computer course before tackling an online course.