Getting Ready to be a Distance Learner
Distance learning over the Internet
requires access to a computer and the Internet. Because Internet courses are
offered in an independent style or asynchronous (anytime, anywhere) format,
the student must pace their own learning and commit to regularly stay in touch
with the Instructor. Regular check-ins are required as is the timely completion
To determine if you are ready to
be a distance learner ask yourself:
- Do I like to learn on my own?
- Do I have access to a computer
and the Internet each week?
- Am I comfortable using the computer
and software programs?
- Do I know how to use the Internet?
- Am I able to share my thoughts
- Am I willing to be an active participant
in this class?
- Do I know whom to call if I need
If the answers to the questions were
not all "yes" students can get ready to take a course at a distance
- Learning computer and Internet
skills. Enroll in a college or community class and/or visit the Goodwill Industries
Global Learning Network web site http://www.gcflearnfree.org
for FREE training and tips on computer software programs and in English and
- Enrolling in a hybrid course,
taking part of the course on the Internet.
- Finding a computer to use, practice
with using available software, sending and receiving email messages, and conducting
- Applying for a T.E.A.C.H. Early
Childhood® Scholarship to partially support the cost of tuition and books,
including Internet access fees.
- Finding resource agencies that
have computers available that have access to the Internet and are available
for public use. Some places to consider are libraries, university and college
campuses, childcare resource and referral agencies, local Smart Start Partnerships,
and other community and city resource centers.
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