Online Learning Update

December 25, 2014

Distance Education Readiness Assessments: An Overview and Application

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Carolyn Gascoigne & Juliette Parnell, OJDLA

With the rise in online and hybrid courses at the post-secondary level, many institutions are offering various online learning readiness assessments to students who are considering these instructional formats. Following a discussion of the characteristics often attributed to successful online learners, as well as a review of a sample of the publicly available online readiness surveys, an application of one representative tool is described. Specifically, the Distance Education Aptitude and Readiness Scale was administered in both hybrid and face-to-face sections of beginning post-secondary French across a two-year span. Differences in scores between groups, as well as the relationship between scores and grades are examined.

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