In the past few years the popularity of online courses has increased to the point where some programs that were formerly site-based have now become primarily online offerings. The most frequently cited benefit of online courses is that they can be taken at times convenient to the learner in any location that has Internet access ("anytime, anywhere" learning). The busy schedules maintained by teachers, coupled with a constant need to upgrade professional qualifications, make online learning a good choice for many educators.

There is no one learning modality that is perfect for everyone, however, and it's a good idea to check out what others have to say about these courses before you decide to take one yourself. The resources linked below are provided for your use while you make this decision. Please remember that different course providers offer different services and approach the delivery of online courses in different ways. These differences will be reflected in the information you find in the links below.

- Dr. Bob Foster

Are Online Courses Right for You? (Self- Quizzes)
Illinois Online Network: What makes a successful online student?
AT&T Learning Network: What is your learning style? A Self-Quiz
Indiana University School of Nursing: Readiness Index for Learning Online
Lesley College Online Readiness Survey

Take a Demonstration Course
WebCt, First Class, Blackboard, Oncourse and NextEd are platforms for the delivery of online courses. These tutorials give an overview of features available in many online courses.
University of Alberta WebCT Student Tutorial
OnlineLearningNet: Free Online Course Demonstration
Performance Learning Systems

Articles about Online Learning
University of Guelph: Hints for Online Learning
Journal of an Online Student
International Society for Technology in Education: Online
Professional Development - Suggestions for Success!
National Teachers Enhancement Network: Succeeding in Telecourses
Memorial University of Newfoundland: Tips for E-Learning