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Self Assessment of Online Learning Readiness

Step 1: Answer each question below with a yes or no, keeping a tally of your answers.

  1. I am comfortable with computers, email, and internet technology.
  2. I understand that online learning is different from traditional classroom learning and will require an equal or greater amount of work.
  3. I enjoy corresponding with people online.
  4. I am a self-directed and self-motivated person capable of working independently.
  5. I can manage my study time efficiently to complete assignments on time.
  6. I enjoy learning new computer skills and programs.
  7. Typing is easy for me.
  8. I am comfortable expressing my thoughts in writing.
  9. I have reliable access to a computer with a high-speed connection.
  10. I can download software to my computer.
  11. I have a reasonable tolerance for frustration when faced with problems from my computer.
  12. I can create, rename and delete folders.
  13. 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.
  14. I have an appropriate web browser (to verify this, review the browser and computer requirements for Canvas, Loyola's learning management system).
  15. I can create, send, forward, reply to, save and delete email messages.
  16. I can send, open and save email attachments.
  17. I can send group emails.
  18. I can post messages to discussion lists.
  19. I can locate and access information using a web search engine.
  20. I can use "talk" or "chat" features for real-time communication.

Step 2: Tally the number of yes answers.


Step 3: Evaluate your readiness for online learning using the following  guide.

  • 18-20 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.