Readiness Assessments

There are two self-assessments included here.  One is to determine how prepared you are for distance learning, and the other determines your technology know-how.
 
Please have a pencil and paper at hand, as you must manually score the assessments at this time.
 
If you wish to print out copies of the scoring sheet for these assessments, please go to: the Distance Learning Grid blank
 
 
Self-Assessment: Is Distance Learning for YOU?
1. READING
  1. I consider myself to be a good reader. I comprehend all or most of what I read.
  2. I consider myself to be an average reader. I comprehend most of what I read. I may need to review portions of the text.
  3. I consider myself to be a poor reader. I must review material before I fully comprehend what I have read.
2. COMMUNICATION OF IDEAS
  1. I communicate skillfully through writing. I have time to organize my thoughts and edit my responses.
  2. I communicate adequately through writing, but sometimes work well having the input of others.
  3. I would rather convey ideas as they come to me, vocally. I find that I think better on my feet.
3. LEARNING STYLE
  1. I prefer learning material by reading the assignments.
  2. I am comfortable learning from reading, but sometimes need to have things explained to me.
  3. I would rather listen to lectures to gain most of my knowledge, and then use reading to supplement the material.
4. FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS
  1. I am very capable of reading and understanding written directions for an assignment.
  2. I can usually understand written instructions, but sometimes need to have them explained to me.
  3. I am most comfortable having the instructor explain the directions to me.
5. WORKLOAD
  1. I believe that a distance learning course should take about as much time as a traditional course (five eight hours per week).
  2. I believe that a distance learning course should take more time than a traditional course (more than eight hours per week).
  3. I believe that a distance learning course should take less time than a traditional course (less than five hours per week).
6.  ASSIGNMENT MANAGEMENT
  1. I often get assignments done ahead of time.
  2. I often work best with the pressure of an impending deadline looming.
  3. I often finish assignments at the deadline, or sometimes, a little late.
7. SCHEDULING
  1. I never know, from week to week, what my personal or professional schedule will be.
  2. I usually know what my schedule will be, professionally and personally.
  3. My schedule is similar, week after week, with very few surprises.
8. TIME MANAGEMENT
  1. I am very organized, and manage my time well.
  2. I am somewhat organized, but sometimes need someone to remind me of due dates.
  3. I am not very organized, and don't know how to manage my time well.
9. IN-CLASS INTERACTION
  1. I feel that high quality learning can take place without having face-to-face interactions. I prefer to think about my contributions before making them publicly.
  2. I can communicate fairly well in speaking or writing, but I'm not a very fast or accurate typist.
  3. Classroom discussion is very helpful to me. I like being part of a lively exchange of ideas.
10. FACULTY INTERACTION
  1. I don't need a lot of face-to-face contact with my instructors, but I want to be able to ask for help if I need it.
  2. I rarely, if ever, need to be in contact with my instructors.  I am good at following directions, and can usually figure things out for myself.
  3. I like to have regular face-to-face contact with my instructors. A good teacher helps me to connect with the subject.
11. TECHNOLOGY
  1. I am comfortable using a computer for writing and email communications.
  2. I am quite computer savvy, and can perform a variety of tasks on the computer.
  3. I am new to technology, and a little intimidated while using the computer.
12. MOTIVATION
  1. I consider myself a very self-motivated and self-disciplined person, who relishes working independently.
  2. I can work independently, but prefer having someone to check in with regularly, to make sure I am on the right track.
  3. I would rather work as part of a group that exchanges ideas on a regular basis.
13. PROXIMITY TO CAMPUS
  1. I live very near the campus, so it is easy for me to take courses on-campus.
  2. Coming to campus on a regular basis is difficult for me. Between my hectic professional and family schedules, it is difficult for me to attend classes at set times and dates.
  3. I don't mind attending courses on-campus, but I would like a little flexibility in my schedule.

 
Technological Self-Assessment: Do you have what it takes?
 
The technological self-assessment is divided into five parts:
 
  1. Computer Basics
  2. Word Processing Skills
  3. Email
  4. Discussion Boards & Chat Rooms
  5. The Internet
 
If you are taking this assessment on the College Web site, you will be furnished with your assessment and hyperlinks to tutorials that may be of assistance to you.  If you are taking this assessment from a printed copy of the text, you will be given directions to self-score the assessment.  Links will be provided, that will lead you to beneficial online tutorials.  The Student Distance Learning Handbook will have tutorials printed to facilitate your online study.
 
 

COMPUTER BASICS



1a.       Do you own your own computer?            
                      
Yes            No
1b.       If you answered "no," do you have access to a computer with Internet access at home?                
                      
Yes            No
1c.       If you answered "no" to 1a & 1b, do you have access to a computer on campus?                       
                      
Yes            No

2.         How often can you access the Internet?
            a. One or more times per day.
            b. One to three times per week.
            c. Four to seven times per week.

3.         What is your connection speed?
             a. 28.8 k
             b. 56 k
             c. High speed cable or telephone line
             d. I don't know

Please rate the following questions with a score of 1-5:
1 = Not comfortable at all
2 = Somewhat uncomfortable
3 = Neutral
4 = Somewhat comfortable
5 = Very comfortable
4. How comfortable are you with your knowledge of the major components (hard drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, & printer) of your computer?

                      1            2            3            4            5

5. How comfortable are you installing software/programs on your computer in the following ways:

a. via CD-ROMs                                           1            2            3            4            5
b. via floppy discs                                        1            2            3            4            5
c. via download from a Web site                    1            2            3            4            5

6.  Do you know the proper sequence for starting and/or turning off your computer?
         Yes            No

To score this section


 

 
WORD PROCESSING SKILLS

Please rate the following questions by choosing either 1, 3, or 5:
                     1 = I don't know how to do this.
                     3 = I have done this, but I don't remember how to do it.
                     5 = I know how to do this, and have done it before.


1
Create and save a document.
1
3
5
2
Save the document as an rtf (rich text format) file
1
3
5
3
Save the document as a pdf file
1
3
5
4
Save the document to different locations (desktop, floppy disk, or a specific folder)
1
3
5
5
Open a file from any location and save it to another
1
3
5
6
Copy-and-paste or cut-and-paste text from one source to another
1
3
5
7
Change size and style of font
1
3
5
8
Change color of font
1
3
5
9
Highlight portions of a document with color
1
3
5
10
Set margins (right, left, top, and bottom)
1
3
5
11
Change page orientation of a document from portrait (vertical alignment) to landscape (horizontal alignment)
1
3
5
12
Center text or right-justify text on a document
1
3
5
13
Change line spacing on a document
1
3
5
14
Use spell check and grammar check programs
1
3
5
15
Use the thesaurus program
1
3
5
16
Create a list with bullets
1
3
5
17
Create headers and footers in a document
1
3
5
18
Add page numbers to a document
1
3
5
19
Create tables in a text document
1
3
5
20
Import a table from a spreadsheet (such as from Excel)
1
3
5
21
Print a document
1
3
5
22
Print a color document in black or grayscale only
1
3
5
23
Insert graphics, clip art, or photo into a document
1
3
5
24
Minimize, maximize, or alter the size of a window you are using
1
3
5
 

EMAIL


1.         Do you have any email address?            Yes            No

2.         Will you create a new email account for use in your online course?            
                                                                        Yes            No            Maybe


Please rate the following questions by choosing either 1, 3, or 5:
                     1 = I don't know how to do this.
                     3 = I have done this, but I don't remember how to do it.
                     5 = I know how to do this, and have done it before.

1
Send and receive standard emails
1
3
5
2
Save emails to folders
1
3
5
3
Reply to emails
1
3
5
4
Forward emails
1
3
5
5
Create an email group and send group messages
1
3
5
6
Delete email messages
1
3
5
7
Add attachments to email
1
3
5
8
Read email attachments
1
3
5
9
Delete email attachments
1
3
5
10
Save the attachment to a folder or file
1
3
5

DISCUSSION BOARDS & CHAT ROOMS



Please rate the following questions by choosing either 1, 3, or 5:
                     1 = I don't know how to do this.
                     3 = I have done this, but I don't remember how to do it.
                     5 = I know how to do this, and have done it before.

1
Post initial message to a discussion board
1
3
5
2
Post a response to a message on a discussion board
1
3
5
3
Edit or delete your own messages on a discussion board
1
3
5
4
Post a message on a discussion board that has an attachment
1
3
5
5
Read others attachments on a discussion board
1
3
5
6
Save attachments to a folder/file (desktop, floppy, my documents, etc.)
1
3
5
7
Log onto a synchronous (live) chat room
1
3
5
8
Participate in live chat
1
3
5
9
Use Internet shorthand such as: <LOL>, and <IMHO>
1
3
5
10
Use emoticons such as :-) and :-S
1
3
5
11
Use acceptable Netiquette
1
3
5
12
Rate your typing speed: 1 = slow; 3 = okay, but could be better; 5 = fast enough for most conversations.
1
3
5

 

THE INTERNET



                
Please rate the following questions by choosing either 1, 3, or 5:
                     1 = I don't know how to do this, or what this means.
                     3 = I have done this, but I don't remember how to do it, or what it means.
                     5 = I know how to do this, have done it before, and remember what it means
 
1
Open the Internet
1
3
5
2
Go to a site via a hyperlink
1
3
5
3
Go to a site by typing a URL in the address window
1
3
5
4
Go to a site previously visited by opening the address window & searching through recent history
1
3
5
5
Move forward and backward using arrows on the toolbar
1
3
5
6
Use of the Home button
1
3
5
7
Use of the Refresh or Reload button
1
3
5
8
Create a bookmark of a site, or save it to favorites
1
3
5
9
Locate a bookmark, previously created, and return to the site
1
3
5
10
Use a search engine (Google, Yahoo, etc.) to locate information
1
3
5
11
Know how to narrow down your search while on the search engine
1
3
5
12
Save or download files from the Web
1
3
5
13
Install plug-ins from a Web site
1
3
5

14.       How many times during a normal week, do you log onto the World Wide Web, for anything other than reading emails?

             a.            Less than once a week.
             b.            2 to 4 times per week.
             c.            5 or more times per week.

To score this section

 
 
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page last updated: 2-06-07