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Student Skill Assessment for Online Learners

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1. My motivation for taking online classes is:    

High -my work schedule/life circumstances prevent me from taking campus classes.

Moderate -I would like to see if this is a possible alternative to the campus classes I can now take.

Low -I am not yet sure how taking online classes will benefit me.


2. Face-to-face interaction with both my instructors and classmates is…

not important to me

sometimes important to me

very important to me


3. When I have assignments, I…  

often get them done ahead of time     

need reminders of due dates

put them off until the last minute, and have trouble completing them on time


4. Classroom discussion is...

not usually necessary for me to understand my course work

sometimes helpful to me

very important to my understanding


5. When an instructor gives directions for an assignment, I like to…

read and follow directions carefully

skim directions to get the general idea

figure things out on my own


6. The amount of time I expect to spend on an online class compared to an on-campus class is…

more

about the same

less -I'm hoping online courses don't require as much time


7. When I have to use new computer technologies such as email, computer software or blogs I...

feel comfortable because I have highly developed computer skills

feel a little nervous because I have moderately developed computer skills

none-1 hour


8. When it comes to my reading ability…

I am a strong reader

I am a good reader –I usually understand what I read.

Reading is not one of my strengths.


9. Choose the statement below that best fits you:

I express myself best in writing.

I express myself fairly well in writing.

It is difficult for me to express myself in writing.


10. I best understand information when it is presented in:

a visual format (written, pictures, diagrams, etc).

a both visual and an auditory format (lecture, tapes, etc).

an auditory format.


11. If required for testing, labs or an introductory session, I can get to campus:

easily

usually on evenings or weekends, or definitely once a semester.

not at all. My schedule or geographic location eliminates this possibility.


      

































Question Your Answer What do  your scores mean?

One:

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10 pts. Students who feel online is their best/only option for an education tend to be highly motivated and do better in class.

8 pts. The higher your motivation for taking online classes the more successful your educational experience will be.

6 pts. You may need to clarify your motivation for taking online classes as it will help your educational experience.

Two:

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10 pts. Since face-to-face contact is not part of most online classes, you will be more successful if this contact is not important to your educational experience.

8 pts. Since face-to-face contact is not part of most online classes. You will need to consider how important this contact is to your educational experience.

6 pts. Since face-to-face contact is not part of most online classes, you will need to consider how this will affect your class performance and educational experience.

Three:

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10 pts. Strong time-management and self-discipline skills are essential when taking an online class.

8 pts. Strong time-management and self-discipline skills are essential when taking an online class. You may need to improve these skills in order to be successful in an online class.

6 pts. Strong time-management and self-discipline skills are essential when taking an online class. Your success in an online class will depend on how well you can apply these skills.

Four:

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10 pts. Although some online classes incorporate chat forums, discussion boards, etc., being able to understand the course work on your own will help you to have a successful online learning experience.

8 pts. Although some online classes incorporate chat forums, discussion boards, etc., you will need to consider how important this interaction is to your educational experience.

6 pts. Although some online classes incorporate chat forums, discussion boards, etc., you will need to consider how this will affect your class performance and educational experience.

Five:

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10 pts. It is essential for online students to read and follow directions carefully.

8 pts. Not reading directions carefully can result in a misunderstanding of material.

6 pts. Your success in an online class is directly dependent on your ability to read and follow directions

Six:

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10 pts. Most students have found that online classes are as time consuming as campus classes and sometimes more so.

8 pts. Most students have found that online classes are as time consuming as campus classes and sometimes more so; allowing enough time for your online class is essential.

6 pts. Most students have found that online classes are as time consuming as campus classes and sometimes more so. It may be necessary for you to increase the amount of time you plan to spend on online classes.

Seven:

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10 pts. You have the appropriate level of computer skills needed for a successful online educational experience.

8 pts. Highly developed computer skills are important when taking an online class.

6 pts. Highly developed computer skills are important when taking and online class. You may need to improve your computer skills for a successful online educational experience.

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10 pts. Being a strong reader will help you to have a successful online learning experience.

8 pts. Since most content in an online class is learned through reading, strong reading skills are essential.

6 pts. Since most content in an online class is learned through reading, you may need to improve your reading skills before taking an online class.

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10 pts. Being able to express yourself in writing will help you to have a successful online learning experience.

8 pts. Since all communication in an online class is done in writing, good writing skills are essential.

6 pts. Since all communication in an online class is done in writing, you may need to improve your writing skills before taking an online class.


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10 pts. In an online class most content is presented in a visual format. You are more likely to be successful if you can learn this way.

8 pts. Since in an online class most content is presented in a visual format, you may need to consider whether it is possible for you to learn in this way.

6 pts. Since in an online class most content is presented in a visual format, you will need to consider how this will affect your class performance and educational experience.


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10 pts. Some online classes will require you to come to campus. Being able to easily come to campus will guarantee that you meet this requirement.

8 pts. If you cannot easily come to campus, make sure that you are aware of any class requirements before you enroll in the class. This way you will minimize scheduling conflicts.

6 pts. If you cannot come to campus at all. Please make sure that you enroll in an online class that does not have any face-to-face meetings or requires you to come to campus at some point in time.

Total
Score:

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If your score is 90-110: Online classes are a good option for you. You have many characteristics of the successful online student.

If your score is 70-90: Online classes may work for you. Remember time management is essential for success.

If your score is below 70: Online classes may not be the best option for you at this time. Carefully consider your learning style before you decide to enroll.