Step 1: Answer each question below with a yes or no, keeping a tally of your answers.
- 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 have an appropriate web browser (to verify this, review the browser and computer requirements for Canvas, Loyola's learning management system).
- I can create, send, forward, reply to, save and delete email messages.
- I can send, open and save email attachments.
- I can send group emails.
- I can post messages to discussion lists.
- I can locate and access information using a web search engine.
- 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.