Readiness for online learning

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The four suggested online readiness questionnaires (as below) cover some common area which I have classified roughly as

  • Computing readiness,
  • Digital literacies,
  • Study skills,
  • Readiness for learning,
  • Learning background and
  • Learning Style.

The words in the image above are those used in the questionnaires and show the common themes. There is another version of this below with ‘capable’ and ‘comfortable’ removed as these are used repetitively in questions.

Penn State University: Online Readiness AssessmentSan Diego Community College: Online Learning Readiness AssessmentIllinois Online Network: Self Evaluation for Potential Online StudentsUniversity of Houston: Test of Online Learning Success

Providing a questionnaire for students at the start of their learning experience is an opportunity to set expectations -asking ‘Do you have…?’ is another way of saying ‘we expect you to…’ for example. I would not expect that the results of these questionaires are used to adapt the learning activities or content presentation but to give advice to students.

I purposely did very badly in all  the questionnaires and was pleased to see that I was offered some advice on my readiness or lack of it. In the case of the San Diego questionnaire there were helpful pointers as to how readiness could be improved whereas in the others the outcome was that just advice that I shouldn’t do an online course which was not particularly useful.

I would like to introduce something like this at our institution as a generic learning readiness questionnaire with lots of resources and advice for students to use to improve their readiness where necessary.

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Two online courses

Yesterday saw the start of ocTEL proper and the start of our own Teaching and Learning Online (TALON) do I have my work cut out. It will be good to compare the two online courses as they progress. On TALON we have 8 staff members compared to the 800 or so on ocTEL so presumably very different experiences. This week our TALON participants are going through their orientation week and will experience the ‘flood’ of emails although the flood will be more controlled. I will send out the ‘manage the flood’ forum post today.