Characteristics of Successful Distance Learners
So what does it take to be a successful distance learner? Researchers have found that students that have done well with distance classes:
If this is not necessarily the words you would use to describe yourself, don't despair. Although you may lack one or two of these attributes, you now know that you need to develop these skills.
There are a number of web sites with self-tests to determine if you are prepared for distance learning. One of the better ones we've found is at the De Anza College Distance Learning Center. This site not only has the self-test but follows it with explanations of the need for certain characteristics. Take it and find out how ready you are for distance learning. While taking classes, pay special attention to the areas you need to improve.
Twelve Competencies for Self-Direction
Way back in 1986, Cafferella & Cafferella published what they had identified as the twelve competencies for self-direction. You can use this list to rate yourself on your abilities for self-direction. Realize that you will have different abilities in different situations and for different learning tasks. Rate yourself from 1-5 on the following (1 being low and 5 being high):