Student wearing headset talking with online classOnline Education Quiz

Online education is a positive experience for most students, but it's not right for everyone.  Take the Minnesota State distance learning quiz to help you decide if online courses are a good choice. Feedback on your quiz answers will help you better understand what it takes to succeed.


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Top considerations before you take an online course

  • You will need a computer and an Internet connection. Check technology requirements for online courses.
  • You also will need basic computer skills to create, download, and upload documents.
  • Online education courses can move quickly and you will be more successful if you are motivated and can work independently.
  • You will need to devote a sufficient number of hours each week toward your online education studies.  A good estimate is 3 hours per credit per week for a standard sixteen-week semester. This estimate is based on a "typical" student's abilities.
  • You must be able to express yourself well in writing.
  • You can simultaneously take on-campus and online education courses.
  • Some online courses may require you to attend class in person some of the time or at least check in at specific times. Check the course description for more information.