Distance Learning Orientation


This orientation is designed to familiarize new and prospective students with Piedmont Virginia Community College's online learning environment. We make every effort to provide you with the tools and support you need to meet your learning goals. There is not an official aptitude requirement for taking an online course. However, you should be aware of the computer and study skills necessary in order to successfully complete an online course.

Take the survey below to help determine if online learning is right for you. Click Submit at the end and then View Score when prompted.


Interpreting the Results

A total score of 17 or lower is a strong indication that you will likely face more challenges than may be desired in an online class. While online may not be the best choice at the moment, if you are still interested in being an online student, you should understand some of the challenges and what you need to do to overcome them. 

Questions that are weighted "3" and "4" address crucial study skills needed for an online class. The most successful online students demonstrate strong time management and self-advocacy skills.

Questions weighted "1" and "2" are also important for an online class, but many of the topics they address are things that don't automatically block a student's academic success in the class or can be remedied once the class begins.

If you feel confident that online learning is right for you, you should register for the web course and then click the link at the bottom of this page to begin the online orientation. 

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