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Is independent learning right for me?
- Will selp-paced courses suit my learning style?
- Because you choose when and where to work on your independent learning program, you must be both self-motivated and goal-oriented. Much of the instruction in a distance learning course happens by reading, so successful independent learners don't mind working alone. But you won't be entirely on your own. All courses include step-by-step instructions, and our staff is available to answer questions and offer study suggestions.
- Do I have the time necessary to devote to self-paced courses?
- You have maximum flexibility in your study time. You have nine months from your date of enrollment to complete your independent learning program.
- What are self-paced courses like?
- Course lessons generally include: reading assignments, commentary from the course author, self-checking exercises, and graded progress evaluations. You can preview any of our courses online.
- What are progress evaluations?
- Progress evaluations may be multiple-choice, essays, or other types of projects or performance tasks. They are submitted by mail, fax, e-mail, or file upload for scoring, and you receive feedback on your work. One purpose of the progress evaluations is to help you prepare for any exams in your independent learning program.
- What are exams like?
- Not all distance learning courses have exams, but most do. Like the progress evaluations, exams may be multiple-choice, essay, or other performance tasks. Unlike the progress evaluations, exams are proctored. You will need to arrange an exam proctor.
- What hardware/software do I need?
- An independent learning program may require the use of a Web browser, e-mail, word processor, media player, or other commonly available software. Check the course description for specific course requirements.