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 survey; it will help you assess your skills with computers. 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 computers and how they work.

    1. Yes, I'm able to use file menus, understand file extensions, minimize/maximize windows and much more.

    2. Well, I am only comfortable with basic things, but I know how to use the Help menu to find answers to my questions.

    3. No, I don't know anything about computers and how they work.

  2. I am able to navigate through files and directories using different browsers.

    1. Yes, I can organize, copy, paste and move files in directories.

    2. I've done that once or twice, so I need a little more practice.

    3. What's a browser?

  3. I am able to use basic commands in the browser to surf the Internet.

    1. Yes, I'm addicted to surfing and I am good at finding desired information.

    2. Well, I understand the difference between search engines (e.g., Google) and directories (e.g., Yahoo), but I don't surf much.

    3. No, I think I've surfed once in my life.

  4. I am familiar with WVC's learning management system, ANGEL.

    1. Yes, I've taken several classes online that used ANGEL and I am comfortable navigating through it.

    2. I took one hybrid course, and the instructor had us use ANGEL for some things.

    3. I don't know what a learning management system or what ANGEL is.

  5. I am familiar with using email.

    1. Yes, I communicate quite often, both for personal and work purposes, through email.

    2. I use email only occasionally.

    3. Emailing is old; I only text.

  6. When I experience technical difficulties, I can fix the problem.

    1. Yes, I am confident that I can identity and fix technical problems beyond rebooting.

    2. I can tell there's something wrong, like when I can't open an attachment, but beyond that I need help. 

    3. I don't know how to solve technical problems. I definitely need help even with the smallest problem. 

  7. My keyboarding skills are...

    1. Very strong.

    2. Okay. I am getting better.

    3. I can't type.

  8. When my Internet connection is interrupted for a period of time I...

    1. use a computer at a public library, or a friend's house, or at the college campus.

    2. I call the instructor, I explain the situation and ask for an extension on the due date.

    3. I get very upset and just wait until the service comes back up.

  9. I need access to these minimum requirements regarding technology:

    1. A computer with reliable broadband connection (DSL or cable high speed connection) and a browser that accepts cookies and allows pop-ups from the ANGEL LMC's domain, and enabled JavaScript.

    2. A computer and Internet connection that works.

    3. Cookies and milk.

  10. I know that there are minimum requirements in the hardware for Windows and Macintosh in order for me to access my class online.

    1. Yes, hardware needs to have an Intel or AMD processor, 1.5 Ghz minimum, 2 Ghz or higher is recommended, and at least 2 GB of RAM.

    2. Yes, I know that the computer needs a certain amount of memory and capacity to manage data.

    3. I know nothing about that. I just press the on button.

  11. I know that there is a lot of information on the Internet, and that I can easily copy it, but

    1. I also know that there are copyright and fair use laws and practices that make it a crime to take information without acknowledging the source.

    2. I also know that it is ethically wrong to plagiarize, so I don't do it.

    3. I also know that I can tweak information and make it look like it's mine, so no one would know that I took it.

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 for 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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