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Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire

The convenience of online courses is attractive, but can you be successful?

If you are an independent learner, self-motivated and interested in accelerating your course of study, online learning may be appropriate for you. Since the coursework can be completed any time of the day or night, it is ideal for those who are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes. However, if you cannot set and maintain a schedule which allows you to keep up with your coursework and assignments, it is likely you will not complete your online course.

The following characteristics are common for successful online students

  • Basic technical and academic skills
  • Ability to study independently
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Self-directed and self-motivated in their learning and study habits

The following interactive self-assessment may help you decide if online learning is a good fit with your learning style, schedule, and technology skills. Your answers to the following questions will help you determine what you need to do to succeed at online learning. Post-survey feedback will also provide you with information on what you can expect from an online course.

Directions: The following items measure your ability to perform different tasks. There are no right or wrong answers so your first reaction is usually best. Please do not omit any items. Rate how well each item describes you by selecting the button in the correct column for each item.

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements.

  Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
I am good at setting goals and deadlines for myself.
I have a really good reason for taking an online course
I finish the projects I start.
I do not quit just because things get difficult.
I can keep myself on track and on time.

 

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements.

  Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
I learn pretty easily.
I can learn from things I hear, like lectures, audio recordings or podcasts.
I have to read something to learn it best.
I have developed a good way to solve problems I run into.
I learn best by figuring things out for myself.
I like to learn in a group, but I can learn on my own, too.
I am willing to e-mail or have discussions with people I might never see.

 

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements.

  Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
I usually work in a place where I can read and work on assignments without distractions.
I can ignore distractions around me when I study.
I am willing to spend 10-20 hours each week on this online course.
I keep a record of what my assignments are and when they are due.
I plan my work in advance so that I can turn in my assignments on time.
People around me will help me study and not try to distract me.
I am willing to use e-mail and other online tools to ask my classmates and instructors questions

 

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements.

  Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
I am pretty good at using the computer.
I am comfortable surfing the Internet.
I am comfortable with things like doing searches, setting bookmarks, and downloading files.
I am comfortable with things like installing software and changing configuration settings on my computer.
I know someone who can help me if I have computer problems.

 

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements.

  Agree Somewhat Agree Disagree
My computer runs reliably on Windows or on Mac OS X.
I have a printer.
I am connected to the Internet with a fairly fast, reliable connection such as DSL or cable modem.
I have virus protection software running on my computer.
I have headphones or speakers and a microphone to use if a class has a videoconference.
My browser will play several common multimedia (video and audio) formats.

 


 


Online Readiness Questionnaire by Penn State University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Original Work by Vicki Williams of Penn State University

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