What does my score mean?

Score between 50 and 60

If you scored 50 points or higher, then you seem well prepared to take an online class.

  • You have the basic technology in place to succeed
  • You have a good grasp of how to use technology
  • You are an independent learner who is comfortable working alone
  • You can meet deadlines and have an overall plan for your studies

Remember, online courses are just as rigorous as onsite courses and require at least as much time and effort. In fact, sometimes they are more demanding because they require a high degree of self-discipline.  In a regular semester, you can expect to work a minimum of 3 hrs per week per credit. That’s 9 hrs per week for one 3-credit class. If it’s a shorter term, a 5-week summer course for example, you should expect to spend a minimum of 25 hrs per week on a three credit course.*

 What's next?

 

*Hours required online for Continuing Education (non-credit) courses will vary based on course format and content. Students may progress slower or faster depending on the nature of the class and the student’s individual skill level. For more information, please call 443-840-4700 or email ceonline@ccbcmd.edu.

Score between 36 and 49

If you scored in this range, online learning could be a challenge for you. Before enrolling be sure to consider these questions:

  • Can you meet the technology requirements of an online class?
  • Can you learn independently, without face-to-face interaction with your instructor and classmates?
  • Do you understand the time commitment involved?

Remember, online courses are just as rigorous as onsite courses and require at least as much time and effort. In fact, sometimes they are more demanding because they require a high degree of self-discipline.  In a regular semester, you can expect to work a minimum of 3 hrs per week per credit. That’s 9 hrs per week for one 3-credit class. If it’s a shorter term, a 5-week summer course for example, you should expect to spend a minimum of 25 hrs per week on a three credit course.*

 What's next?

 

*Hours required online for Continuing Education (non-credit) courses will vary based on course format and content. Students may progress slower or faster depending on the nature of the class and the student’s individual skill level. For more information, please call 443-840-4700 or email ceonline@ccbcmd.edu.

Score less than 36

 If you scored below 36, online learning may not be a good fit for you.

Is available technology the problem?
Sometimes, the right hardware isn't available at the moment, but that can change. If you are otherwise confident in your technical ability and your self-discipline and organziational skills, CCBC Online will be here when you are ready. Learn more about the technical requirements, so you can plan how to meet your needs in the future.

Not sure about your computer skills?
This is not uncommon and you may not want to try to learn computer basics and challenging online course material at the same time. The good news is, like any other skill, you can build your technical abilities. If you're near CCBC, our continuing education computer courses can help you get up to speed. Once you're confident in your skills, come back - CCBC Online will be here for you!

Worried about your study habits, organizational skills or time management?
Online courses definitely require a high degree of self-direction and a substantial time commitment. Remember, online courses are just as rigorous as onsite courses and require at least as much time and effort. In a regular semester, you can expect to work a minimum of 3 hrs per week per credit. That’s 9 hrs per week for one 3-credit class. If it’s a shorter term, a 5-week summer course for example, you should expect to spend a minimum of 25 hrs per week on a three credit course.

If organizational and study skills are your concern, consider a continuing education study skills course before signing up for an online class.

What about your learning style?
If you thrive in a group environment and work best through in-person interaction, you may find online learning to be a challenge. Consider taking one course, perhaps in a subject in which you are confident, to see if online works for you.

 Questions?