Student Readiness

Are Your Students Ready for Online Learning?

We provide a series of interactive multimedia tutorials and survey instruments that address the real challenges experienced by many online students, new and experienced, while pursuing success in online classes.  The goal of these tutorials is to prepare students for online learning, by developing skills and attitudes that are important for success in an online learning environment.

Through a variety of engaging activities and resources, these tutorials will help prepare students for greater success in online learning environments.  All of the tutorials are intended to improve the rates of success and retention in online courses.  Some are presented as multimedia tutorials, and some as diagnostic tests with analysis of strengths and weaknesses.  It is a best practice in online instruction to require students to take readiness tutorials or tests before taking any courses.  Feel free to adopt any of the resources shared by the SUS-COLP.

Online Student Readiness:

The Online Education Initiative (OEI) has developed the Online Student Readiness Tutorials, a series of interactive multimedia tutorials that address the real challenges experienced by online students, new and experienced, while pursuing success in online classes.

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Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire

This instrument assesses the readiness of students before stepping into an online learning environment.  The results of this questionnaire will empower students by specifically identifying what needs to be done to succeed in online learning.  Post-survey feedback will also provide students with information on what they can expect from an online course.

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Online Readiness Self-Assessment

Learning through an online class requires different skills than learning in a face-to-face class.  It is important to know what you’re getting into and to understand the kind of commitment that is necessary for success in online learning.  You can get a good idea of your readiness for online learning by completing the following assessment.

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SmarterMeasure (Sponsored by the Louisiana BoR)

We have been using this commercial product on our State Online Marketing Portal, LouisianaOnline.org. SmarterMeasure is an assessment that measures learner readiness.  SmarterMeasure is an indicator of the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology-rich environment will be a good fit for potential online students. Upon completing SmarterMeasure, students receive a comprehensive score report, which helps them understand their strengths, identifies specific opportunities for improvement, and provides resources to help them succeed.

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