Step 1: Answer all 20 self-assessment questions below with a yes (Y) or no (N).
Step 2: Tally the number of yes answers.
Step 3: Evaluate your readiness for online learning using the following guide.
18-21 yes answers: You are a very good candidate for online learning.
16-17 yes answers: You are a good candidate for online learning, but you may need some preparation before undertaking online learning.
14-15 yes answers: You may be a candidate for online learning, but you will need important preparatory work before undertaking online learning. Look at the questions you answered no to start with.
20 Self-Assessment Questions
I am comfortable with computers, email, and internet technology.
I understand that online learning is different from traditional classroom learning and will require an equal or greater amount of work.
I enjoy corresponding with people online.
I am a self-directed and self-motivated person capable of working independently.
I can manage my study time efficiently to complete assignments on time.
I enjoy learning new computer skills and programs.
Typing is easy for me.
I am comfortable expressing my thoughts in writing.
I have reliable access to a computer with a high-speed connection.
I can download software to my computer.
I have a reasonable tolerance for frustration when faced with problems from my computer.
I can create, rename and delete folders.
I have access to and am familiar with Microsoft Word, including composing essays, copying and pasting text, printing, setting margins, adding page numbers, changing fonts, and other basic types of formatting.
I know how to use a browser to go to certain websites.
I can create, send, forward, reply to, save and delete email messages.
I can send, open and save email attachments.
I can post my replies online like posting in facebook or other social media.
I can locate and access information using a web search engine.
I can use "talk" or "chat" features for real-time communication.