Ferris Online
Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire

Before enrolling in an online course, you should first assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment. Spend some time thinking about yourself as a learner and see whether your characteristics would help you be a successful online learner. Your answers to the following questions will help you determine what you need to do to succeed at online learning. Feedback provided after completing the self-assessment survey will also provide you with some information in terms of what you should expect from an online course.

Instructions: Click on the appropriate button after each statement. After answering all questions, click on the Am I Ready? button below.

Somewhat Disagree
1. I am good at setting goals and deadlines for myself.
2. I have a really good reason for taking an online course.
3. I finish the projects I start.
4. I do not quit just because things get difficult.
5. I can keep myself on track and on time.
6. I learn fairly easily.
7. I can learn from things I hear, like lectures, audio recordings or podcasts.
8. I have to read something to learn it best.
9. I have developed good ways to solve problems I run into.
10. I learn best figuring things out for myself.
11. I like to learn in a group, but I can learn on my own as well.
12. I am willing to send e-mail or have discussions with people I might never see.
13. I usually work in a place where I can read and work on assignments without distractions.
14. I can ignore distractions around me when I study.
15. I am willing to spend 10-20 hours each week on an online course.
16. I keep a record of what my assignments are and when they are due.
17. I plan my work in advance so that I can turn in my assignment on time.
18. People around me will help me study and not try to distract me.
19. I am willing to use e-mail and other online tools to ask my classmates and instructors questions.
20. I am fairly good at using the computer.
21. I am comfortable surfing the internet.
22. I am comfortable with doing things like searches, setting bookmarks, and downloading files.
23. I am comfortable with things like installing software and changing configuration settings on my computer.
24. I know someone who can help me if I have computer problems.
25. My computer runs reliably on Windows XP/Vista/7 or on Mac OS 10.4 or higher.
26. I have a printer.
27. I am connected to the internet with a fairly fast, reliable connection such as DSL or cable modem.
28. I have virus protection software running on my computer.
29. I have headphones or speakers and a microphone to use if a class has a videoconference.
30. My browser will play several common multimedia (video and audio) formats.

After answering each question, click on the button below. Your results will appear below.

The results of your survey will appear here.

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