This self-assessment is designed to provide you, as a prospective graduate student, with a general idea of your readiness to succeed in an online learning program. The questionnaire focuses on four areas of readiness: technical experience, study habits, learning style and communication skills. Are You Ready for Online Learning? While consistent high scores do not assure success in an online learning program, consistent low scores are likewise not meant to discourage you. Instead, your results in this self-assessment serve as a benchmark of your current readiness to succeed in an online program and identify skills that can help maximize that success. The self-assessment should not be the sole determinant of your decision to pursue online education. Point Scale Award yourself the following points when answering individual questions in each of the four sections of the questionnaire below, and then compare that section’s total points to the rubric: Your Answer Points Always/Often 2 points Sometimes 1 point Rarely/Not at all 0 points Technical Abilities I am comfortable using a computer and working with various applications. I have regular access to the Internet. I am able to use web browsers to research information. I can confidently write and format documents using a word processing program. I use technology (e.g., email) to communicate. I have used Internet chat programs. I can download and install programs onto my computer. Technical Abilities Scoring – Total Score Point Total Outcome 10-14 points You appear technically proficient for online learning 7-9 points You know quite a bit about technology but could sharpen your abilities for online learning 0-6 points Your technical abilities appear below the norm for a first-time online learner Study Habits I am comfortable working and learning independently. I strive to do well in my coursework. I do not procrastinate about beginning my coursework. I turn in assignments on time without reminders. I take notes on my text readings or from viewing audio or video clips. I persevere when confronted with challenges. I enjoy interacting with fellow classmates either individually or in group projects. Study Habits Scoring – Total Score Point Total Outcome 10-14 points You appear to have good study habits for success in online learning 7-9 points You have basic study habits but could sharpen them for successful online learning 0-6 points Your study habits appear below the norm of successful online learners Communication Skills I am comfortable communicating with others in writing. I am confident with my writing skills. I have used email to contact an instructor. I have used electronic methods to communicate with other students for a group project. I have participated in threaded, asynchronous discussions. I am very comfortable with online communications and am comfortable in an online environment. Reading and writing college-level English is easy for me. Communication Skills Scoring – Total Score Point Total Outcome 10-14 points Your communication skills appear well suited for success with online learning 7-9 points Your communication skills could be sharpened for success in online learning 0-6 points Your communication skills appear below the norm of successful online learners Learning Styles I prefer to see visual aids after reading written information. I prefer working in a group environment. I prefer learning about an interesting topic by having it explained rather than reading about it. I do best in a class when I am able to listen to lectures and/or tapes. I am better following oral instructions than written instructions. I enjoy raising my hand in class to answer questions or respond to discussions. Learning Styles Scoring (note the inverse scale) – Total Score Point Total Outcome 0-5 points Your learning style appears highly conducive to online learning 6-9 points Your learning style appears adequately aligned with what can be expected from the experience of online learning 10-12 points Your learning style may be better aligned for styles of learning other than online learning A note about learning style: Your score pertaining to learning styles is indicative of your preferred method of learning (visual, auditory, interpersonal, etc.). While there is no right or wrong way to learn, some styles are more conducive to what can be expected from online learning experiences. *This survey was developed by Lesley University and is used with their permission (July 2014). What if my Readiness Scores Are Consistently Low? Low scores in the readiness survey may not indicate that you are not suited for online learning. Rather, low scores may suggest that you are not yet prepared for online learning. What Can I Do if I Scored Low in One or More Area? Contact our Admissions Office or call 1-651-213-4175 to discuss your results and your educational objectives. Keep in mind that the questionnaire is intended to merely benchmark your present technical abilities and readiness skills.