Skills Needed to Succeed

Success in distance education depends in part on technical skills. To avoid letting technology interfere with learning in online and multimedia courses, you need to be able to:

  • customize your browser
  • send and receive email
  • send and receive an email file attachment
  • paste text into an email message
  • register for free email and discussion forums
  • download and complete forms online
  • download and install software
  • run applications
  • create and save files
  • copy, move, and delete files
  • create directories (folders)
  • subscribe to listservs
  • perform general and specialized searches
Technical Skills (Source: Pixabay)

Our online courses are not designed to teach you how to use software, manage files, navigate the Internet, or use email. Rather, you must have these skills before enrolling to ensure success in online courses. If you have any doubt about your skills, contact a counselor at the Eagles On Call center.

Success as a distance learner also depends on your learning style and on special attributes. You need to be:

  • a self-directed learner
  • self-motivated
  • a good reader
  • able to learn best from reading rather than listening
  • able to follow written directions in completing complex tasks
  • comfortable with technology
  • able to work independently
  • able to prioritize your own workload
  • able to stay on task without supervision
  • able to judge your own progress
  • able to move from one task to another without immediate instructor feedback
Graduate (Source: CTC)

Here is a handy Checklist to help you assess your readiness for distance learning.