Where do I start? What school is right for me? Should I take online classes?
Just the thought of pursuing a post-secondary education brings up several questions for many military members. And the questions don’t stop once you’ve started college classes either. Every military student pursuing a college degree has questions as you reach different goals throughout your education journey. As a military member, you will have even more questions than a civilian student. Your daily duties, deployments, frequent moves, and benefits, like DLRSA, all make a difference in your journey.
The Defense Department’s (DoD) Voluntary Education (VolEd) community has the responsibility of ensuring your education questions are answered to help you successfully reach your education goals and complete your certification and/or college degree. DANTES is just one organization within the VolEd community offering active, National Guard and Reserve component members education benefits and services to help you with promotion and future successes. We strive to support you in your education journey. This article, the first in a series on FAQs or frequently asked questions, will strive to help you succeed in your pursuit of professional development and education goals.
You have questions. We have answers.
For the next few months, our goal is to provide you with the answers to common FAQs on various DoD/DANTES-sponsored education programs and services. Let’s start with FAQs for the Distance Learning Readiness Self-Assessment (DLRSA) program, one of the first education planning tools you may find beneficial when thinking about starting college and taking online classes.
Q. What is DLRSA?
A. The Distance Learning Readiness Self-Assessment (DLRSA) was developed to help students who may be considering distance or online learning as an alternative option to the traditional in-classroom learning environment. This program allows you to self-assess your readiness for distance learning.
Q. It’s been a long time since I was in school, how do I know if going to school online is right for me?
A. More than 85% of active duty military students take college courses online. The DLRSA helps military members, veterans and affiliated family members self-assess their readiness for distance or online learning. By taking the short assessment, you will gain insight and advice on skills that are supportive of a positive distance learning experience. Essentially, DLRSA helps you begin to answer whether you are ready to take courses online.
Q. I really don’t have a lot of time; how long will it take to complete the assessment?
A. The DLRSA consists of 16 multiple choice questions where students select the statements that best match their current level of readiness. It takes less than five minutes to take the assessment and receive the results via email. However, at the end of the assessment, you do have the opportunity to answer optional demographic questions or “SKIP” to the end.
Q. If I don’t score well on the assessment, will I still be able to take online classes?
A. The tool is not meant as a substitute for educational counseling nor to deny any student the opportunity to pursue a distance learning class. The DLRSA was developed to give you the opportunity to assess your skills and identify possible weaknesses that may affect your success when taking distance learning classes. An honest assessment of skills and behavior is in your best interest to ensure you have the proper support to successfully complete online coursework.
Q. What do I do with the results of the assessment?
A. After completing the self-assessment, you will receive an email from email@example.com with a link to your results and your recommendations. You should to review the results and are encouraged to share them with an education counselor for further discussion, especially if there are areas that recommend significant improvement.
Learn more about DLRSA and take the assessment by visiting www.MyVolEd.com/DLRSA
Other DANTES resources and tools available to help you in your education journey include:
Service member blog: www.dantes4military.com
DoD Live/Pulse: http://dantespulse.dodlive.mil/
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