OK. About to try this online test to se how suitable I am for online learning.


I have to complete two or more of these types of questionnaires and then reflect on their suitability and identify similarities between them.


OK… My results are in… And I am ready to learn online apparently. Well, I should hope so as that is precisely what I am doing here on #ocTEL.

Your Test of Online Learning Success Results

Your overall score is 194.

overall score chart

If your overall score is:

190 – 201: You’re ready to go!
Individuals with a score in this range are more prepared for online learning than 50-75 percent of their student peers.

178 – 189: You’re almost there!
Individuals with a score in this range may experience a little difficulty with taking online courses. Look through the statements again and identify which areas you think you may need help. Are you a procrastinator? Do you need some help learning some time management skills? Do you need a little help overcoming some technical hurdles? With a little effort, you could be ready to go!

0 – 177: Proceed with caution.
Individuals with a score in this range may need to acquire some new skills before proceeding with online courses. You may need to increase your reading and writing skills, learn some time management skills, or take an introduction to computers course. Look over the statements again to identify the areas in which you need the most help and start there.

Your Computer Skills score is 5.00.
computer skills score chart
Your Independent Learning score is 4.00.
independent learning score chart
Your Dependent Learning score is 3.83.
dependent learning score chart
Your Academic Skills score is 4.08.
academic skills score chart
Your Need for Online Delivery score is 4.60.

Unlike the other subscales, the Need for Online Delivery score identifies a need instead of a skill. If your score is 3.4 or higher, it indicates that your lifestyle (i.e., career, family structure, personal responsibilities, distance to higher education entities) may demand the flexibility that the online classroom can provide.

A score below 3.4 suggests that you do not have a pressing need for online delivery of instruction. Online courses are just one of several options for you.

For more information on the scoring of this self-assessment, visit Dr. Marcel Kerr’s website. You will find more information on the different sections of this survey as well as links to study skills websites and technology tutorials.


So, my reflections on the tests will be in the comments.


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One Response to #ocTEL Explorer badge Activity 1.5 – Test 1

  1. Joel Mills says:

    Ok. I have completed the test and am ready to learn online. But what did I have to do to prove that I was ready? A series of judgement statements like “Can I move files easily on my computer” put into a Likert scale http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Likert_scale. I have no idea what the measure for success is in qualifyinf my statement other than my own experience. So Person A who can create a new folder on the computer in this example and move a file from one location to another might “Strongly Agree” that they can move files easily on their computer… However, compare that to person B who has complex filing systems and indexes that cross reference and produce “Smart” filing structures for easy identification and tagging files with colours and metadata…. then Person A is a complete novice and has not even scratched the surface of knowing how to move files around on their computer.

    Is the concept of moving files around on your computer even a skill that is worth assessing? Perhaps a better question is do I know how to locate a file on my computer once I have saved it? Can I search for and find a file using the computer operating system tools? It is about asking the right question and identifying the level of competency required.

    In the case of moving files, it would be better to give some examples of what basic level of competency is e.g. level 1 = Save a file in a location. Go back to that location on your computer and find the file you saved.
    Level 2 = Move file from one folder to another. Copy a file from one folder to another and know the difference between the two.
    Level 3 = Make a link or shortcut to a file and place it on your desktop.
    Level 4 = Use a search tool to find a file on your computer
    Level 5 = Create smart folders that automatically pull in content from all over your computer in to one place based on specific criteria.

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