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What does it take to succeed as an online learner? What does it take to get an online degree? To be successful, online students must have basic knowledge about their ability, commitment and readiness to learn. Self-assessment offers learners opportunities for increased involvement, greater acceptance of the learning process, and alignment with expectations. Self-assessment helps learners identify strengths and weaknesses, engage in progress, and define areas and measures for improvement. It fosters communication and collaboration with stakeholders and encourages a solution-focused direction and growth. Here are a few ways to consider self-assessment.
The Learning Orientation Questionnaire (LOQ) measures how adults generally approach learning and performance. The LOQ is a 25-item online survey that considers the dominant psychological factors that influence learning. Based on the recent advances in the neurosciences, results describe how individuals learn differently and why. You can use the results to guide the design of learning environments and learning solutions--with the goal not only to support achievement of instructional or performance objectives, but also to help learners improve learning ability over time. You can also use the results to identify issues (e.g., cognitive and decision-making ability, usability, stress, and change) that create gaps between potential learning and performance proficiency and actual learning and performance proficiency.
Self-Assessment 2Other critical factors that contribute to success are shown below. Consider each factor and ask yourself to rate each on a scale between 1 (low) and 7 (high).
Strategies for Successful Online LearningAmong the resources available for learners is an array of innovative improvement strategies available at: www.trainingplace.com/source/onlinelearner.doc. These strategies are "learning improvement models.
Learn from Other Online Learning Orientation ProgramsFoothill College's Online Learning Orientation Program
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Online Michigan Virtual High School
Self-assessment can provide substantial benefits to learners by increasing the learner's understanding and engagement in the learning process.
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