In order to be successful in online courses, students need to have several basic computer skills. Taking computer literacy, keyboarding, and word processing courses is a great start, but may not be enough. Examples of skills necessary for success in an online class include conducting online research, use of email (send, receive, and attachments), and creating a report with a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word).
You have an opportunity to complete SmarterMeasure (formerly READI), an online readiness assessment. This is a wonderful way to check both your computer to be sure it is ready for class, but to also check your skills to be sure you can successfully complete the activities your instructor requires.
SmarterMeasure is a tool that helps you determine your level of readiness for taking online courses. You will be asked questions on topics, such as "how well you can use a computer," "how motivated, organized, and self-directed you are," and "how you prefer to learn new information." You will also be able to measure your on-screen reading speed and comprehension.
But relax, SmarterMeasure is fun. Your scores on this assessment will not prevent you from taking online courses. Moreover, your scores do not impact your grades in courses you may currently be taking. SmartMeasure is being provided by EPCC to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses as you prepare to learn online. SmarterMeasure is a tool to help you succeed!
SmartMeasure takes about 20 minutes to complete and is free of charge.
SmarterMeasure web link