Am I Ready for Online Learning

Is an online or blended (some online and some on campus) class right for you? Online learning can help students balance personal responsibilities while making progress toward graduation. While students enjoy the flexibility of online learning. it’s important to understand how online learning is different from learning in a classroom and think about your own readiness for success as an online student.

Take the Quiz

Take a few moments to complete the quiz below. The results will provide you with helpful information about your readiness for online learning. Be honest with yourself as you complete the quiz.

This assessment is for informational purposes only and is not required for enrollment. For additional help figuring out whether an online class is a worthwhile option for you, consult with your academic advisor.

Instructions: For each row in the table below, click the radio button that best describes you. When you are finished, read the guidelines for interpreting the score.

Answers that indicate an online course is a good choice. Weight Answers that indicate an online class may not a good choice at this time.
I am comfortable and proficient at creating, saving, locating, and opening different types of files on a computer.1I am not comfortable or proficient working with files on a computer.
I have reliable access to a high-speed Internet connection (DSL, cable, dorm, etc)2I have regular access only to a dial-up modem for Internet access.
I know how to check my official myci.csuci.edu email account and I can access it regularly to check for new messages.1I have never checked my official myci.csuci.edu email account. (FAQ)
I have no problem retaining information if I read it.2I retain information better if I hear it spoken directly to me.
I am comfortable using online discussion forums.1I have never really posted messages to an online forum before.
I am usually able to stay on task and avoid distractions (texting, Facebook) while studying.3I get distracted easily while studying and need a lot of time to accomplish my work.
I am very good at planning and managing my time so that my work is on time and complete.4I am ok with time management but have had to ask professors for extensions in the past.
Setting aside a regular 5-8 hours per week to devote to an online class is possible for me.3It's hard for me to predict when I'll be able to do the online work. Besides, I thought you could do the work whenever you wanted...right?
I have little or no trouble expressing myself in writing using formal grammar and spelling.3I have found using formal grammar and spelling to be a challenge in expressing myself.
I am comfortable learning through individual reading and study.3I usually need direct explanation by an instructor and face-to-face interaction with peers to feel comfortable learning material.
I can learn from a variety of formats (lectures, videos, podcasts, online discussion/conferencing).2My learning style usually requires a structured lecture at its core.
I know how to login to Blackboard and I am familiar with using the most common tools.1I have little or no experience accessing and using Blackboard.
I have my own relatively new computer (2-3 years old) onto which I can install any additional software necessary for the course.3My computer is 5-7 years old.
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I use the computer labs on campus or someone else's to do my work.
If I can't figure out something, I am comfortable asking my classmates or the instructor for help via email, discussion board, or chat.4Meeting with my professor in person to ask questions is more comfortable for me.
Online is good choice ⇐Total⇒ Online may not be a good choice

Set Yourself Up for Success

Look at areas you marked in the right-hand column. These are areas you need to strengthen to get the most out of your online learning experience. Don’t worry, getting ready is easy! Join Learning Online 101. You can get started right now!

Adapted with permission from CSU Stanislaus.

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