Student Readiness Questionnaire
Before you enroll in an online course, take
some time to think about yourself as a learner to determine whether your work habits and learning style would help you
succeed in an online course. Your answers to these questions can help you decide whether or not to take an online
Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements.
Based on your responses, your time management skills and study habits (such as keeping yourself on track, meeting deadlines and working independently) may need to be improved before you can be successful in an online course. An online course requires students to be independent in managing their time and meeting deadlines since there is not a set meeting schedule. You might try taking an online course after you have improved your study skills and time management. Please visit the Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center
for resources to help you.
It looks like you prefer courses where regular class meetings serve as reminders to complete course assignments. Online classes generally require more independence in setting and following work goals and deadlines. In an online course you will have to pace yourself and be more independent in managing your time and meeting deadlines since there is not a set meeting schedule. You may also want to work on a strategy for keeping yourself on track, such as keeping a written record of your tasks and allocating a specific amount of time to work on each task. Please visit the Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center
for resources to help you.
You seem to be well-organized and able to manage your workload efficiently. Good organization and time management skills are very important for online learning, as you will have to work independently much of the time. You are prepared to pace yourself, figure out things on your own and meet deadlines. You seem to be ready for the self-discipline and demands of an online course.
It looks like you prefer to learn in a traditional lecture format delivered in a face-to-face classroom with other students and the instructor physically present. So, your learning preferences currently are not well-suited for an online course environment. You may need to reconsider your decision to take an online course, as the online format usually provides less support from the instructor and other students than may be necessary for you. To become more comfortable learning from different modalities and corresponding virtually, please visit the Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center
Your learning style is generally suited to the online format, but you may want to consider strengthening your online communication skills since most online courses will require you to correspond with your instructor/classmates via written discussions and assignments. For more resources, visit the Ruth Sharkey Academic Resource Center
It looks like your learning style is well-suited to the online format. You are comfortable learning from various modalities. You also appear to be skilled in using virtual communication tools to contact instructors/students, which is very important in an online course since most communication will take place in discussion boards and written assignments.
Based on your answers to these questions, you may not have the necessary technology skills to be successful in an online course. To improve your basic technology and Internet skills, be sure to review Modules 2 – 4 of the Technology Skills I course available in Blackboard. Additionally, you may want to review some Blackboard tutorials
so that you can become more comfortable working with the Discussion Board, submitting assignments, and checking grades. Once you have strengthened your technology skills, you will be more likely to succeed in an online course.
Since you have reported that you are fairly good at using the computer and the Internet, you shouldn’t have a problem interacting with the online course environment. However, you may lack some of the necessary technical skills to fully participate. You may want to review Modules 2 – 4 of the Technology Skills I course available in Blackboard, as well as some Blackboard tutorials
so that you can become more comfortable working with the Discussion Board, submitting assignments, and checking grades. Strengthening your technology skills will help you to be more successful in an online course.
Since you have reported that you are fairly good at using the computer and the Internet, you should have no problem interacting with the online course environment. If you ever need assistance with Blackboard, there are some helpful Blackboard tutorials
to demonstrate how to perform specific tasks.
Based on your responses, it appears that your access to the necessary technology and Internet tools for an online course is limited. You may want to reconsider whether an online course is the best format for you since you may not be able to complete all required activities and assignments in a timely manner. At this point you might be more successful in a course that meets face-to-face, where specific technology tools aren’t as critical to your success in the course. You should also run your computer through Seton Hall’s browser check
to ensure its compatibility.
Since you have reported that you have access to most of the necessary technology and Internet tools, you should be able to access most required content and interact in the course. However, you still may lack some of the necessary technical tools to fully participate in the course. Make sure that your computer meets the online course requirements for the course you are considering by looking at the course syllabus or contacting the instructor. You should also run your computer through Seton Hall’s browser check
to ensure its compatibility.
You reported that you have access to all of the necessary technology and Internet tools to be successful in an online course. It is still helpful to ensure that your computer meets the online course requirements for the course you are considering by looking at the course syllabus or contacting the instructor. You should also run your computer through Seton Hall’s browser check
to ensure it stays up-to-date with the required tools.
About Online Learning at Seton Hall University
Since 1998, the online programs have supported and extended the mission of Seton Hall
University by delivering high-quality, career enhancing education through a variety of online delivery methods, all of
which fully capitalize upon a combination of technologies and instructional methods to maximize the learning experience.
With the first online program launched in 1998, the online degree and certificate programs bring Seton Hall's more than
150-year history of academic excellence from its northern New Jersey campus to working professionals across the globe.
“Online courses” generally mean that all course interaction and activities are conducted online
through Blackboard, and that you do not meet face-to-face. However, some faculty may require an initial class meeting.
Check the syllabus and schedule in Blackboard often. Students registering for online courses should be aware that,
although the course is online, there are specific start and end dates and due dates for assignments.
Hybrid or blended courses combine both online and face-to-face meetings, but the number of face- to
face meetings is generally reduced. At Seton Hall, a hybrid course is defined as any course having 30% or more of
“traditional in-seat time” offered online. In hybrid courses, students will most likely be required to review online
lectures and readings to prepare for face-to-face meetings. Students should consult the class schedule in Blackboard for
required face-to-face meeting dates since they will vary from course to course.
Online and hybrid
courses are delivered through Blackboard, Seton Hall’s Learning Management System. Accessing Blackboard is easy. Just point
your web browser to http://www.shu.edu and click on "PirateNet" in the upper right hand corner. To log in directly to Blackboard, click on the Blackboard button and enter in your PirateNet credentials. After entering your username and password, you will find your list of courses in which you are registered. Please visit Seton Hall’s browser check to ensure that your computer is compatible with Blackboard.