Day 95 SmarterMeasure

SmarterMeasure

SmarterMeasure is a learning readiness indicator we use at College of DuPage in our online course offerings.  It’s a great way for students to ask themselves, “Is online learning best  for me?”  Sometimes students come with misconceptions about online courses such as:

  • It’s easy.
  • I can log in and go at my own pace.
  • I already tried “XYZ course” in the classroom and did not succeed. The online course version will be much less work.
  • I can be independent and not have to “talk” with others.
  • Online will save me time.

According to their website, SmarterMeasure indicates the degree to which an individual student possesses the attributes, skills and knowledge that contribute to success including the following non-cognitive factors:

  • Self motivation
  • Time management skills
  • Self discipline
  • On-screen Reading Rate and Recall
  • Persistence
  • Availability of time
  • Ability to use a laptop, printer, software, and the Internet
  • Typing speed and accuracy

SmarterMeasure includes seven major assessment components which measure:

  • Individual Attributes – motivation, procrastination, willingness to ask for help, etc.
  • Life Factors – Availability of time, support from family and employers, finances, etc.
  • Learning styles – Based on the multiple intelligences model
  • Technical Competency – Skills using technology
  • Technical Knowledge – Knowledge of technology terms
  • On-screen Reading Rate and Recall
  • Typing Speed and Accuracy

Educational institutions invest heavily in attracting and recruiting students. However, there is little return on the investment when students quickly drop out of the program. SmarterMeasure not only helps schools to identify the students who are likely to drop out, it also provides resources for remediation so that at-risk students can improve.

As individuals, students also invest thousands of dollars in their education and may be hesitant to continue their education for fear that they might not do well. SmarterMeasure helps students to recognize their strengths and provides resources to strengthen their weaknesses. Students who are confident of their readiness are much more likely to enroll in a distance learning course.

 

 

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