09/18/2007

eLearning Student Survey

Although the NCDA Career Development Facilitator Curriculum is taught in an online format is does require 1) a face-to-face component and 2) interaction with the instructor by phone or email, this training is very similar to on-line learning and requires the same qualities, skills and equipment.
Online learning requires you to manage your time independently. Success in this training requires that you be self-directed, self-motivated, and self-confident. It requires that you have the appropriate equipment and computer abilities.

The assessment tool below will help provide you with the insight you need to determine whether taking the NCDA Career Development Facilitator Online/Hybrid Training Program is for you or if you would be better suited to the NCDA CDF Training in a traditional classroom setting. It is important that you be honest with yourself. There are no right or wrong answers -- only different learners with different learning needs.

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

I own (or have regular access to):

  • A DVD drive on my computer
  • Internet browser
  • 28,800 bps or faster modem, or direct connection to the Internet
  • My own Email account
  • Audio capability
  • Printer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download)
  • Windows Media or Real Player
  • Word processing program (MS Word preferred)
  • Sufficient memory (256MB Ram of more)
  • MS Windows version 98 or higher


If you have not checked all of the items above, you will need to have regular access to them or postpone your application for the Career Development Facilitator Online/Hybrid Training Program or consider a Career Development Facilitator Training Program in a traditional classroom setting. Please visit the http://209.235.208.145/cgi-bin/WebSuite/tcsAssnWebSuite.pl?AssnID=NCDA&DBCode=130285&Action=DisplayTemplate&Page=AWS_NCDA2_cdf_search_instructor.html">Instructor Search Page of our website to locate a classroom instructor near you.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Check only those items below in which you are competent.
I can:

  • Logically navigate the Internet
  • Understand terms such as mouse, drag, open, select, file, choose, double click, download, upload, send etc.
  • Send, open, reply to, forward and attach an e-mail message
  • Word process documents
  • Demonstrate confidence in my technology troubleshooting abilities or I have access to technology support


If you have not checked all of the items indicated above, please contact your local community college, adult education center, or Internet sites for additional training.

PERSONAL SKILLS AND LEARNING STYLE
I am a learner who

  • Can problem-solve and work independently
  • Is comfortable in a class that involves a significant amount of independent
    reading, writing, viewing, and Internet research
  • Can typically complete homework and other assignments on time or before the due date
  • Is willing to set aside several hours per week to work regularly toward completion of the curriculum
  • Can share life, work, and educational experiences with an instructor
  • Is willing to take responsibility for my own learning
  • Will make succeeding in this training a priority in my busy life
  • Can attend the required face-to-face training
  • Can you progress sequentially through a curriculum
  • Can wait for instructor responses
  • Will contact my instructor when I feel overwhelmed with course work


I understand that some of the challenges I may face include

  • Having my server or system go off-line and not be able to communicate with the instructor or submit assignments
  • Not having an instructor by my side
  • Feedback is seldom immediate
  • It may be harder to get motivated to stay on top of assignments
  • Unexpected interruptions
  • At home, it may be hard to set time aside for class work

If you are confident that you have the skills and resources necessary for this course, you are ready to become a successful NCDA Career Development Facilitator Online Learner.