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Faculty Online Teaching Readiness Quiz

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Faculty Online Teaching Readiness Quiz
(for the Word version of this quiz, click here)

Many of these questions were inspired by a presentation at a Sloan Conference. Answer the questions, adding the points that follow each answer. The grading scale is at the end of the quiz.
 
 
1. Do You Have access to a computer and access to a reliable internet connection?

I have an old computer and dial up access  1
I have a new computer and dial up access   5
I have a new computer and reliable internet access.  10 

2. How prepared are you to invest the time and effort to deliver a course online?

I do not have enough time to do my work now. 1
I have given this some thought and think that I can manage spending the additional time delivering an online course.  5
I realize the additional time commitment required to deliver an online course and I am prepared for it.  10
 
3. Generally, how would you rate yourself on organizational skills related to paperwork and email?

I am poorly organized. I need a system  1
I am generally organized. My system could use some tweaking  5
I am extremely well-organized. My system works quite well for me  10

4. Are you a planner or a last-minute person?

I leave my coursework to the last minute. I hate to plan anything! 1
I usually plan my course in advance, but there is some last minute planning.  5
I consistently plan my courses in advance.  10
 
5. How detail-oriented are you?

I am not at all detail-oriented.  1
I am somewhat detail-oriented.   5
I am extremely detail-oriented  10
 
6. Are you a good time manager?

I have a lot of difficulty sticking to self-imposed schedules and meeting deadlines.  1
I am able to stick to some of my self-imposed schedules and I meet some of my deadlines. 5
I am able to stick to all of my self-imposed schedules and I meet all of my deadlines.  10
 

7. How often will you be able to monitor your class activity and provide feedback?

I will be able to monitor my class activity and provide feedback at least once a week.  1
I will be able to monitor my class activity and provide feedback at least once a day  10

8. Are you able to articulate your thoughts in clear, concise writing?

I struggle with this and have to work at it.  1
It is fairly easy for me, but I would like to be better at it. 5
No problem. I can do so very easily and naturally  10
 
9. Are you comfortable solving technical problems or does technology not working frustrate you?

When technology doesn’t work the way I expect, I get very impatient and frustrated. 1
I realize that technology will not always work as I want. I feel comfortable solving tech problems on my own and or seeking help from someone else.. 10


Grading Scale

1 – 35  You might want to rethink your desire to teach an online course. At this time you seem to be more comfortable teaching a face to face course.
 
35 – 60 You are the right track, but do you really want to give up your face to face class teaching as online will take time to get used to?
 
60 – 90  You appear to possess the skills and be ready to teach an online course.

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