Test of Online Learning Success

 

You can be successful in online courses if you have basic technical and academic skills, are able to study independently, and are willing to devote the same amount of time and effort that you would to any college credit course. To get a good idea of your "chances for success" as an online student, rate how well each item below describes you.

  Computer Skills
Strongly Disagree
Disagree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Agree
Strongly Agree
I am capable of learning new technologies.
I am capable of sending and receiving e-mail.
I am capable of attaching files to an e-mail message.
I am a competent Internet browser.
I am capable of using standard word processing software.
I am capable of managing files on a computer.
I can download new software when necessary.
I can install new software when necessary.
I can copy and paste text using a computer.
I am capable of using discussion boards online.
I am capable of using chat rooms online.
  Independent Learning
Strongly Disagree
Disagree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Agree
Strongly Agree
I am capable of prioritizing my responsibilities.
I am a good time manager.
I am a procrastinator.
I am capable of making time for my coursework.
I am able to balance many tasks at one time.
I am goal-oriented.
I am self-disciplined when it comes to my studies.
I am self-motivated.
I take responsibility for my learning.
I am capable of critical thinking.
  Dependent Learning
Strongly Disagree
Disagree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Agree
Strongly Agree
I often leave tasks unfinished.
I require help to understand written instructions.
I wait until the last minute to work on assignments.
I have trouble comprehending what I read.
I need faculty to remind me of assignment due dates.
I need incentives/rewards to motivate me to complete a task.
  Need for Online Learning
Strongly Disagree
Disagree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Agree
Strongly Agree
Because of my personal schedule, I need online courses.
It is difficult for me to get to campus to attend classes.
I need online courses because of my distance from any college.
I need online courses because of my work or family schedule.
I need the freedom of completing coursework at the time and place of my choosing.
  Academic Skills
Strongly Disagree
Disagree
Neither Agree nor Disagree
Agree
Strongly Agree
I can learn by working independently.
I am self-directed in my learning.
I am capable of solving problems alone.
I need face-to-face interaction to learn.
I need faculty feedback on my completed assignments.
I am a good reader.
I need classroom discussion to learn.
I am capable of asking for help when I have a problem.
I am comfortable learning new skills.
I read carefully.
I am a good writer.
I am capable of following written instructions.
I am capable of conveying my ideas in writing.

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The original self-assessment test was created by Dr. Marcel Satsky Kerr - Texas Wesleyan University,
Kimberly Rynearson - Tarleton State University, and Marcus C. Kerr - Texas Wesleyan University
ToOLS: Test of Online Learning Success
Adapted for NWACC by Lucas Paxton, lpaxton@nwacc.edu
Last update: January 2013

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