Student Online Readiness Self-Assessment


Please carefully read every statement in each row and click on the button of the statement that best describes you. Once you are done, make sure to read the interpretation of your results at the bottom of the questionnaire.

A   Points   B
I am comfortable or proficient at using a computer. I can:
  • Surf the internet
  • Create/save/locate/ files
  • Use Microsoft Office (Word, PPT, Excel)
  • Use search engines (like Google)
  • Create email accounts and send emails
  • Install software
4 I am not comfortable or proficient working with files on a computer.
I have access to reliable internet. 2 I do not have access to reliable internet.
I have access to a reliable computer that runs on Windows or Mac. 2 I do not have access to a computer at all.
I have access to a webcam and a microphone. 1 I do not have access to a webcam or microphone.
I will check my my official SF State email account regularly. 1 I do not plan to use or check my SF State email account.
I am comfortable and proficient at using a Learning Management System (such as iLearn/Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, etc.). I know how to:
  • Log in, access, and navigate my courses
  • Take quizzes, submit assignments, and post on discussion forums
  • Look at my grades
  • Download and upload files
3 I have little or no experience using a learning management system.
  • I am self-motivated and self-disciplined.
  • I am good at setting goals and deadlines for myself.
  • I usually set a schedule and keep to it.
  • I plan and manage my time accordingly to keep myself on track and on time.
4 I have difficulty setting goals and meeting deadlines.
I am comfortable learning through reading the assigned textbooks (or any other texts), watching and listening to lectures, participating in discussions, and collaborating with my classmates. I take responsibility for my learning process. 4 I usually need direct explanation from my instructor and face-to-face interaction with my classmates to fully grasp the content.
I am able to learn from:
  • Readings
  • Live or recorded lectures
  • Videos
  • Podcasts and audio files
  • Discussions
  • Group/collaborative projects
2 I prefer learning from face-to-face lectures.
I am usually able to stay on task and avoid distractions while studying and working on my assignments/projects. 3 I get distracted easily and need more time to complete a task.
I am willing and able to commit at least 10 to 15 hours per week, per course. 3 It may be difficult for me to devote 10 to 15 hours per week, per course.
I have no problem contacting my instructor and classmates via email or any other online tool if I have questions. 2 I usually need direct explanation by an instructor and face-to-face interaction with peers to feel comfortable learning material.
I am able to clearly communicate through writing. 3 I have difficulty using formal English, correct grammar and accurate spelling in written communication.
When faced with difficulties or challenges, I do not give up or quit. I use my problem-solving skills to find a solution. 3 I often have trouble finding a solution when I am faced with a difficulty or challenge.
I can learn not only on my own, but in a group, as well. 1 I have difficulty learning on my own and in groups.
A ⇐
⇒ B

Interpreting the Results

  • Statements that are weighted 3 and 4 points represent the most important skills and abilities needed to effectively and successfully take an online course. Selecting several statements from column A (on the left) for these items is a positive indication that you are prepared for success in online learning.
  • Statements weighted 1 point and 2 points also address many important skills; that contribute to your academic success in online learning. These skills and capabilities can be easily developed during your matriculation in an online course.

A total score of 19 or higher in column B (on the right) is an indication that you may need to review additional resources and tutorials to prepare yourself for online learning. Explore the resources below to prepare yourself for success in online courses at SF State. You are also encouraged to reach out to an advisor (Criminal Justice Studies Advisor | Ethnic Studies Advisor) to support you on your path to success.

Student Online Readiness Self-Assessment by Zakaria Jouaibi is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This material is based on original content by Glenn Pillsbury at CSU Stanislaus, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at CSU Stanislaus Online Readiness Self-Assessment.