Assessing the Readiness of Distance Learning Students
Mac Adkins, Troy State University Montgomery, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Are you ready to take a distance-learning course? Are your distance education students best prepared to learn at a distance? Is distance learning for you? Emerging advances in instructional technology, particularly the Internet, have caused higher education institutions to re-consider how they deliver courses and use space. This paradigm shift from a classroom model to a technology-delivered model has particular significance for distance learning. There is a group of learners who, due to work, family commitments, disability, or geographical location, are unable to attend campus and therefore choose to study at a distance. This application of instructional technology has resulted in a world-wide explosion of on-line courses. But is distance learning appropriate for all learners? How does a learner know if it is their best choice? Having worked in distance learning for over a decade I have observed that distance learning is congruent with the needs and talents of many students, but is not appropriate for others. As Dean of Distance Learning at Troy State University Montgomery I developed a tool I call READI-Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator. READI is a tool to help learners and their advisors assess the student's readiness for learning at a distance. In this presentation I will share how this tool is being used by Troy State University as well as other institutions to assess learner readiness.
Adkins, M. (2002). Assessing the Readiness of Distance Learning Students. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 121-123). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).