PANTHER MEASURE

Is Online Learning a Good Fit for You?
Tips for a Successful Online Experience:

Online learning requires a lot of independence and time management. As a student, you must be able to navigate readings and other educational materials independently and you must feel comfortable asking for help from the instructor. Online learning usually requires a lot of written assignments and you must feel comfortable discussing readings, concepts and research with classmates and instructors through discussion boards and email. You must also possess some computer and technical skills for online classes such as downloading and installing programs on your computer, attaching and uploading assignments and conducting research through the library’s electronic databases. Instructions: Assess your online learning skills and readiness by selecting one (1) response under each category.

1. TECHNOLOGY ACCESS

I have a computer at home with internet access and I have my own email account.
I can use a computer with internet access and I have my own email account.
I have no access to a computer with internet access and/or no email account.

2. TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

I can send and receive email messages, use web browsers, use word-processing software, download files and create attachments. I like trying to solve technology problems on my own.
I can send and receive email messages, use web browsers, use word-processing software, download files and create attachments. I am not comfortable solving technology problems on my own.
I can send and receive email messages, use web browsers and use word-processing software.
I cannot solve technology problems on my own.

3. LEARNING STYLE

I feel totally comfortable asking questions when I need assistance in class.
I seldom ask questions when I need assistance in class.
I do not ask questions or seek help when I need assistance in class.

4. LEARNING STYLE

Class discussions are important and useful to me in learning the information. I usually participate in class discussions.
Class discussions are somewhat important to my learning. I sometimes participate in class discussions.
Class discussions are not very useful to my learning. I do not typically participate in class discussions.

5. TIME MANAGEMENT

I can devote 15 or more hours per week to an online course.
I can devote 10 to 15 hours per week to an online course.
I can devote less than 10 hours per week to an online course.

6. PERSONAL STYLE

I am self-motivated, self-disciplined and organized.
I am motivated, but I sometimes need help staying on task.
I often need motivation to stay on task.

7. CAPABILITY

I enjoy reading and writing, and I am quite capable of doing the work.
I enjoy reading, but my writing skills are not good.
I do not enjoy reading and I usually avoid classes with a lot of writing assignments.

8. ANALYTICAL SKILLS

I am quite capable of analyzing class materials and formulating opinions about what I have learned.
I can analyze class materials, but I struggle formulating opinions about what I have learned.
I do not analyze class materials well and I cannot formulate opinions about what I have learned without group or instructor guidance.

9. CONVENIENCE

It is difficult to drive to the campus for class because of work, family or other personal reasons.
It is somewhat difficult to drive to the campus for class, but I can rearrange some activities.
It is not difficult to drive to the campus for class.

10. SELF-DIRECTEDNESS

I can remain on track in my class with no problem.
I occasionally have problems staying on track.
I am easily distracted from classwork.