Explorer activity 1.5: Are you ready for online learning?

There are a range of questionnaires and instruments produced by universities and online learning providers which claim to predict whether you are ‘ready’ for online learning – see the sample list to be provided. e.g.

Complete two or three of these questionnaires depending on the time you have available and make a list of the characteristics they have in common. Publish this list and add a short comment/reflection, considering how the questionnaires:

  • If they can help us plan to introduce learners to online learning and TEL,
  • accurately identify your readiness, and
  • how you might use them with your own students.
  • if you have come across other such questionnaires that you would recommend – please share these too via the communication and publication channels

The first test I completed was the Penn State University test, achiving score of 53 :

https://esurvey.tlt.psu.edu/Survey.aspx?s=246aa3a5c4b64bb386543eab834f8e75

I also took the San Diego test, getting a score over 45:

http://www.sdccdonline.net/feedback3.htm

Finally, I took the University of Huston test, achieving a score of 178:

http://distance.uh.edu/results.html?c1=5&c2=5&c3=5&c4=5&c5=5&c6=5&c7=5&c8=5&c9=5&c11=5&c12=4&c13=3&c14=4&c15=2&c16=4&c17=4&c18=4&c19=4&c20=5&c21=4&c22=3&c23=4&c24=2&c25=5&c26=5&c27=2&c28=4&c29=4&c30=1&c31=5&c32=4&c33=4&c34=4&c35=4&c36=4&c37=1&c38=5&c39=5&c40=5&c41=5&c42=4&c43=2&c44=4&c45=4&submit=Get+my+scores

I think the Huston test is the most comprehensive seeking further detail than the other tests and had me thinking the msot about what i wanted from the course and what i would devote to it. It made me consider my ability to get sidetracked and not necessarily focus on the task at hand, and a need to avoid multitasking.

I think it would work with students in much the same, highlighting to them, issues they may not have considered in order to succedd online. It would be important to ensure academics are aware of the results so they can detect any trends among the student cohort.

I feel the surveys can help plan for online learning, but you are reliant on students completing them honestly and understanding what the levels are. Often students will overstate their skills and this can impact the results.

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