This week, I am going to talk about the benefits of online learning. Online courses are great because you can sign on anywhere anytime as long as you have Internet access. The flexibility of learning online allows you to keep your regular work schedule and take care of your family while earning college credits or pursuing a college degree.

If you are going to school elsewhere, you can take our online courses and receive college credits that can be transferred to your school. In addition, taking online classes save you time and expense incurred in driving to our campus.

In an online course, you have direct communication with your professor via email at any time. You do not need to schedule an appointment during office hours or wait for a convenient time during class to have your questions answered.

It is worth mentioning that active participation in lively online discussions is always cited as being a student’s favorite part of his/her online class. Online learners come from a variety of backgrounds; students provide diverse contributions to the class.

So how do you know if you are suitable for learning online? Much of your success in online learning depends on self-motivation, self-discipline, time management, reading comprehension, and technology competency (e.g. web navigation, file management, email, and online forum). You can take a self-assessment to see if you are proficient in learning online. The test information can be found here.

The test report will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and direct you to additional resources for improvement. Based on the test result, you can decide if you would like to take a fully online course.

For more information about online courses at MxCC, please visit distance learning at http://www.mxcc.edu/distance.

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Yi Guan-Raczkowski is the director of Distance Learning at MxCC. She has been working at MxCC for the past 17 years.