Am I comfortable on the computer and on the Internet?
Your coursework and learning will rely heavily on Web research, so you need to be familiar with using search engines, online databases, and locating information in general.
Do I have time to commit to an online course?
Online courses are attractive because of their flexibility and convenience - but keep in mind that they require a significant time commitment, often 10-12 hours a week.
Am I a motivated self-learner?
Flexibility makes it easy to procrastinate. Make sure you can manage your time, prioritize, and work independently. Be your own cheerleader!
Still not sure?
Try taking a short elective. This will introduce you to online learning but without requiring a major commitment of time and energy. See how you like it, and if it works for you, take some more courses!
Additional Resources / Readiness Tests:
(ION, University of Illinois)
Online readiness test - will you be successful?