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Is Distance Learning (DL) for You?

two guys using a computerDistance Education classes are not for everyone! Some people learn best through face-to-face interaction with instructors and fellow students. In a DL class, most, if not all interaction takes place through written assignments, discussion board messages and email.

While DL classes give you the freedom to complete educational goals while working and taking care of family responsibilities, it does require that you discipline yourself to meet course requirements.

Take the following self-assessments to determine if DL learning is for you, and review some of the challenges as well as comments of successful distance learners.

Is Distance Learning for me? Self-Assessment

Computer Skills Self-Assessment

Challenges you may face

Read what other students have experienced with distance learning at CCRI

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Last Updated: 3/21/14