Are self-paced courses for me?
Who should take Self-Paced courses?
Self-paced courses are designed for highly motivated students who cannot or do not want to come to campus because of their work schedules, family needs or other reasons. Students can control their own schedules by working with the course materials at their convenience. Students have up to 6 months to complete course requirements.
Self-Paced courses are right for you if you can answer YES! to the following questions:
- enjoy using your computer and technology skills?
- have access to a reliable computer that meets the minimum technical requirements?
- have consistent and reliable access to the Internet?
- feel comfortable communicating in writing?
- stay on task without direct supervision?
- prioritize your own workload?
- self-motivated and self-disciplined?
- good at assessing your own progress?
- willing to take an active part in the learning process?
- able to devote 10 - 15 hours per week, per course?
Test your technical strengths:
- use the keyboard and mouse/keystrokes to navigate and complete functions such as copying/pasting text, finding text on a page, and checking your spelling?
- organize and manage your digital files in folders and subfolders on your computer's hard drive or an external flash drive?
- save files to a given folder - recalling them when necessary?
- install software and software plugins on your computer if needed?
- create a text document using Microsoft Word?
- send and receive email messages with attachments?
What Should I Expect as a Self-Paced Student
Participation & Attendance
Commit at least 5-7 hours per lesson to read, conduct research, complete assignment, take quizzes etc.
Students work at their own pace and turn in assignments whenever they want. Within the 6 months, students must plan ahead of schedule to meet their Course Completion deadline. Avoid submitting more than 2 assignments per week to allow instructors time to provide feedback before you move on to the next lesson.