Online Learning Self Assessment
The ten questions in this self-assessment questionnaire reflect some facts about Web-Based courses. Pick one answer for each question, and at the end of the questionnaire, click the button at the end to view your scores. You can also read Explanations about the scores. Make sure you answer all the questions.
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Online learners are most successful when they possess the right mix of computer skills. Students are expected to have some degree of computer literacy to succeed in an online course. These tasks include (but are not limited to)
- Keyboarding and word processing
- a sound knowledge of the procedures for sending/receiving e-mail, including e-mail with attached files
- a sound knowledge of navigating and conducting information searches within the World Wide Web
- a fundamental awareness of common computing terms
- general familiarity with their own hardware, software, and operating system environment
- general familiarity with creating files and folders/directories
Each course may have specific software you are required to use. Please check with your instructor for additional information.
The following computer skills enhance students’ success: proficiency with email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and Blackboard as well as basic computer skills.
Email skills: Student should be able to send, open, respond to and manage email messages. They should also be able to insert and open Word attachments in an email message.
Microsoft Word skills: Students should be able to type, save, open, and print a document. They should be able to copy and paste as well as format text.
PowerPoint skills: Students should be able to open a slide presentation and navigate within it (move from slide to slide.)
Web Browser skills: Student should be able to access the Internet and use a search engine, such as Google, to locate materials on the Internet. They should also be able to navigate within a website. It is helpful if students are able to download (obtain from the Internet) and install (save on one’s computer) programs called "plug-ins" and other accessories that enable one to use more functions on the Internet. The most frequently used plug-ins are Flash and Acrobat. Often these plug-ins are already installed on one’s computer; otherwise, they are available for download from the Internet. Students unable to download and install them may want to enlist the assistance of a person with more computer expertise to assist them.
Blackboard skills: There is a support site that covers essential Blackboard skills. These skills are: how to access Blackboard and how to access a course, how to access course materials, how to read announcements, how to use the discussion board, how to use the digital drop box, how to submit assignments, how to download documents from dropbox and in the content area.
Basic computer skills: Students should be able to open a program (such as Word and PowerPoint); save, open, and manage (organize) files; and use a CD.