READI (Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator) is a web-based tool which assesses a learner's likelihood for succeeding in an online learning program. READI indicates the degree to which an individual student possesses attributes, skills and knowledge that contribute to success in online learning, including:
- Time-management skills
- On-screen Reading Rate and Recall
- Availability of time
- Ability to use a laptop, printer, software, and the Internet
- Typing speed and accuracy
READI uses a sequence of activities to measure the degree to which students possess the traits needed for success in studying at a distance. The assessment provides an immediate score and diagnostic interpretation of results to the student and to their prospective school. Students can email their results to their instructor directly from the tool.
Benefits of Using READI
Research literature shows that maintaining high retention rates in distance education programs is a significant challenge. READI serves as an early warning device to identify students who may be deficient in the skills and attributes necessary for successful distance learning and who may, therefore, be at risk of dropping out of distance education programs.
What is the best way to use READI?
Orientation Course – Including READI in a required orientation is the recommended use for the tool. Benefits include:
- Allows all students to take READI one time as they enter an online class.
- Determines readiness prior to getting into the online classroom.
- Students can login later and utilize the remedial tools provided at the end of the assessment.
Assignment in Online Course – Using READI as an assignment in an online course can be effective. If a student is taking more than one online course and all instructors are requiring READI, the student can save his / her results and sent to the appropriate instructor via email and/or PDF format.
What instructions do I give to the students about how to take READI?
Where can I go if I have questions?
Contact Tina Rettler, CETL, firstname.lastname@example.org or x 243-4506.
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