West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Fox Center at West Valley College

Student Skills Survey

Students: Is eLearning right for you?

eLearning courses require that you manage your time and that you work both independently and collaboratively with other students in the class. Success in these courses requires that you be self-directed, self-motivated and self-confident.

To help you determine if your learning needs and skills match the unique demands of a virtual classroom, we encourage you to complete this general survey (as well as the other two more specific surveys). It is important that you be honest with yourself. There are no right or wrong answers. 

Keep track of your A, B or C answers. At the end of the survey you will analyze your score.

  1. I am familiar with basic computer system parts and how they work.

    1. Yes, everyone asks me to help figure out their computer issues.

    2. I have some familiarity, but I'm willing to learn more.

    3. No, I can barely find the "on" button.

  2. I am familiar with word processing. 

    1. Yes, I'm very good at using Microsoft Word.

    2. Well, I can compose, edit, block, copy, cut and paste, and save a file, but that's about it.

    3. No, I never use Word.

  3. I can keep track of due dates and meet deadlines.

    1. Yes, I budget time for each of my courses, and I consult my calendar very often to make sure that I won't miss any appointments and work deadlines.

    2. I have a very busy and demanding life, and sometimes I can't do everything, so I miss some deadlines.

    3. My family and friends tease that my head is in the clouds.

  4. I read directions carefully and I follow instructions closely.

    1. Yes, I am good at focusing on the details even though I can also see the big picture.

    2. I'm really busy, so I usually skim directions to get the general idea.

    3. I don't really like to read; it is not one of my strengths.

  5. I best understand information when it is presented in...

    1. a visual format (written, pictures, diagrams, etc.)

    2. both visual and auditory (like recorded lectures, books on tape, etc.)

    3. an auditory format.

  6. I can dedicate 6 hours per week to my online course.

    1. Yes, I have rearranged my life demands so that I can pay attention to my online course.

    2. I can only do 6 hours or less every other week, but I work fast.

    3. No, that's too much time and I don't have it right now.

  7. I am someone who...

    1. is organized and can manage my time and life demands effectively.

    2. has some difficulty managing my time and life demands, but I tend to get the work done, even if at the last minute.

    3. does not manage time and life demands in a timely manner.

  8. I learn best and I enjoy learning most...

    1. when the content is presented in an organized way no matter if it's in a physical setting or online.

    2. when I can interact with the instructor, preferably face-to-face, but online is okay too.

    3. in a face-to-face setting where I can be physically present and interact with the instructor and other students.

  9. I prefer to learn...

    1. in a setting that allows me to solve problems and use my management skills.

    2. in a setting that gives me very specific instructions and guidance for being able to get a good grade.

    3. in a setting where I do what the instructor wants and lets me just get the class over with.

  10. When I submit assignments...

    1. I usually go ahead and start on the next assignment even if the instructor hasn't given me feedback.

    2. I wait a few days before I start the next assignment.

    3. I need the instructor's feedback right away so I can go on to the next assignment.

  11. When I'm asked to learn new things and to utilize new skills and technologies...

    1. I embrace the challenge and enjoy trying new things.

    2. I am hesitant to take risks, but I am persistent and determined.

    3. I am very uncomfortable and tend to avoid new things.

Score your answers as follows:
Give yourself 3 points for every A answer.
Give yourself 2 points for every B answer.
Give yourself 0 points for every C answer.
Analyze your score as follows:

  • 21 - 33 points: You are probably suited to eLearning courses. This score indicates that you are a self-disciplined proactive learner who completes tasks on time.
  • 11 - 20 points: You probably need to think very carefully about taking courses online. This score indicates that you probably don't enjoy structure, organization, and completing tasks within timed constraints.
  • Less than 10 points: You are probably better suited for taking courses in the traditional face-to-face mode.
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