Congratulations on your admission to Claremont Lincoln University! We want to ensure your transition to becoming a CLU student is as smooth and seamless as possible. With that in mind, here is some important information for admitted students and next steps to review before you begin classes:
The degree programs at CLU are entirely online providing students with the opportunity to engage in ubiquitous learning. Our asynchronous learning model allows students to study on the go and to complete class work at times that work best for them. Students build and nurture meaningful relationships with their peers and professors through collaborative assignments and stimulating and thought provoking dialogue in discussion forums for each class. Students who are most successful in an online environment have basic computer and internet skills, are self-motivated, and can express themselves well in writing.
The short personal assessment quiz below can help you determine if online learning is right for you. While online coursework is similar in a lot of ways to a traditional classroom setting, this assessment with give you tips based on your responses on how you might need to approach online learning differently.
Is Online Learning Right for Me?
How would you describe yourself in a classroom setting?
- I prefer to work and study on my own, but will participate in classroom discussion as needed.
- I prefer to work with others, participate in study groups, and I enjoy team projects and assignments.
- I can work and study on my own, but I also enjoy working with others and participating in classroom discussions.
My free time to study is…
- Limitless! I have plenty of free time during the day and in the evening.
- Available in stretches in the early morning, late evenings, and/or scattered throughout the day.
- Very limited. Professional and personal obligations take up most of my time and I find it difficult to schedule time for anything beyond that on a day to day basis.
How would you describe your time management skills?
- I am very conscious of deadlines and am able to stay organized so I always meet them.
- I do my best to meet deadlines and have strategies in place to help with that, but from time to time I will miss a deadline.
- I have difficulty meeting deadlines and often turn things in late or have to request an extension.
My technology access is best described as:
- I have a reliable computer and internet access at home.
- I don’t have a computer and/or internet at home, but I have regular and reliable access to a computer and internet elsewhere.
- I do not have regular access to a computer and reliable internet service.
Which option best describes your comfort level with technology?
- I am very comfortable using technology and am able to adapt to new technology quickly. I like trying to solve technology problems on my own and don’t get frustrated easily.
- I am comfortable using familiar technology. However, it can take me a little time to adapt to new technology and I sometimes need assistance.
- I have limited experience using technology and can find it frustrating trying to learn new technology or when something doesn’t work the way it should.
How do you feel about reading?
- I am an avid reader and I enjoy reading for pleasure and to learn new ideas. I read everything from books and newspapers to internet articles.
- I enjoy reading, but I don’t always carve out as much time for it as I could unless it is absolutely necessary.
- I don’t enjoy reading very much. I’d rather do something than read about it.
How would you describe your writing proficiency?
- I am comfortable sharing my thoughts and ideas in writing. I often communicate with others in writing (email, online discussion forums) and feel confident in my ability to express myself that way.
- I’m okay at writing, but might need some assistance with brushing up on some of the technical aspects of writing.
- I struggle with writing and try to avoid it if I can. I find it difficult to put my thoughts and ideas in writing and would prefer to discuss them in person.
When I need help in class…
- I am comfortable asking my professor or classmates for help or clarification in class or privately.
- I may hesitate to ask a question, but will reach out to my professor if no one else asks my question or if I can’t figure it out on my own.
- I am uncomfortable asking questions and will try to figure it out on my own or just move on without seeking clarification.
When it comes to analyzing class materials and expressing my opinions…
- I feel confidant in my ability to analyze class materials and I am comfortable expressing my opinion and engaging in conversation about it.
- I feel okay about my ability to analyze class materials, but I sometimes feel a little anxious about expressing my opinion and may wait to hear from others first.
- I usually need guidance when I have to analyze class materials and would prefer to do it in a group setting.
What is your experience with online learning?
- I have taken several online classes before and am familiar and comfortable with the structure and expectations of online learning.
- I have not taken an online class before or just taken one online class, but I am confidant in my ability to adapt and be successful completing coursework in this format.
- I have never taken an online class and I am nervous about certain aspects of online learning such as the lack of in person interaction, my technology skills, and/or my ability to manage my time well.
You may prefer a traditional learning environment
Online learning is not a good choice for every student and you may find that your learning style is better suited to a traditional environment. Some students find that they prefer the structure and in person interactions that occur in a classroom setting. Students who are not comfortable with or who do not have regular access to technology and who find they are motivated by and learn better through face-to-face dialogue may find that an online classroom is not quite right for them, but that they thrive in a traditional classroom setting.
With the right support, online learning may be right for you!
Based on your responses you may do well in an online learning environment with the appropriate support. It will be important for you to make sure you have access to and are comfortable using the required technology. Our Orientation course will walk you through how to use the programs you need and will give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with those programs. Another important component of online learning is making sure you manage your time well and stay on track with your readings and assignments. Our learning system will provide a calendar tool that automatically shows when all of your course assignments are due, but you’ll also want to develop a time management and organization system that works for you. The Office of Student Services will maintain regular contact with you to make sure you’re adjusting to the online environment well and we encourage you to reach out to us any time you have a question or need some additional support.
You’re a great candidate for online learning!
Based on your responses you have an excellent combination of study skills, equipment, and personal attributes necessary to succeed in an online environment! You’re self-motivated, comfortable with technology, and able to adapt to a variety of different discussion and learning formats. An online platform allows you to successfully complete program learning outcomes and build relationships with your peers and professors from anywhere in the world and around your schedule.