Online Learning Readiness Tool Guide
- Registering on the system
- Intended audience
- How to use the readiness tool
- Identifying your level of skills and experience
- Your Feedback
The Online learning readiness tool aims to take you through a series of key questions to help identify your personal readiness for creating, delivering or supporting online learning. It forms part of a suite of resources (www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/scaling-up-online-learning) to support institutions to scale-up their online learning provision. The tool also provides links to useful resources and guides, based on your results.
This tool will take you through a series of questions you need to ask yourself when preparing to design online learning activities or courses. As well as offering a reflective process the tool will provide a brief synopsis of your experience levels and will offer further resources to take you forward. You can also browse through these resources using the 'Explore by themes' link in the menu at the top of each page.
Fig.1 Main screen at log-in
You will need to register with the system to see and answer the questions. This allows the system to save your results so that you can go back to them on future visits. We do not share your personal details with anyone and will only ask for your name, email and institution.
Fig. 2 Profile menu options
Once you log in you will see a My Profile tab. From here you can update your profile if you need to and where you will access your assessment results and resources in the future.
Aimed at course/curriculum design leaders, learning and teaching staff, and support staff, the tool is designed to do the following:
- Take you through some key questions which will identify your personal readiness for creating, delivering or supporting online learning,
- Offer a reflective process by encouraging you to consider what evidence you have before selecting your answers and providing a brief synopsis of your experience levels. It will offer further resources to take you forward,
- Point you to key topic areas where you can review selected resources within our three guides and other resources.
You can work through each section of the tool in sequence, or you can just complete a part that is most interesting to you. You can answer all of the questions or just a few. You can complete the questions on your own or use the tool to sit with others (either peers or managers) and consider your answers.
The tool is designed to make you reflect on the kinds of questions that you need to consider when developing, teaching or supporting online learning activities. For this reason, you may find it useful to work through the questions with colleagues. It could help you consider the questions as a team and compare your individual readiness, strengths, and weaknesses. For the best results it is recommended that you consider what evidence you have before selecting your answer to each question.
Even if you do not want to answer the questions, you can use the tool to identify useful resources for specific areas of activity.
The tool categorises answers according to three levels and then suggests resources based on the level identified for each question. It does not aggregate the answers to a general level, because people may be very experienced at some aspects and lack skills in specific areas.
The following levels are used, and link to the kinds of resources that we offer you:
You are probably aware of some of the possibilities and benefits of this aspect of online learning and may even have some experience in a face to face context. You are being directed to the Jisc Guides in Online Learning which provide an overview of how you can incorporate Online Learning approaches into your own practice and also lead to further resources that can help.
You already appear to have some knowledge or experience in this aspect of online learning. You may already be actively incorporating this into your own teaching or student support. You are being directed to resources that should help to expand your knowledge and provide opportunities to investigate the concepts and/or practical application in more depth.
You appear to be fairly advanced in this aspect of online learning and may already act as a champion or leader in your institution. You may be familiar with many of the resources in our guides to online learning, but we hope we can still provide some inspiration and support through exemplars and case studies.
There are two main ways to navigate through the tool.
From the main page you can navigate through the questions through four pathways.
- How would online learning affect you and your students?
- What experience do you have with technology and tools for online learning?
- What experience do you have with curriculum design and support for online learning?
- How far do you understand the choices that need to be made when developing online learning courses or activities?
Each of these pathways presents a series of different questions. You can complete each pathway or just focus on the ones that seem most relevant to you.
Fig.3 View after clicking on the Assess me button for pathway ‘How would online learning affect you and your students?’
Once you select the Assess me button for a pathway, you will see a series of questions (fig. 3). After you have worked through the questions that are relevant to you (you can choose not to answer a question) and click on the Submit button, you will be presented with the Assessments Results page.
This page presents a set of resources for each question based on the level category allocated to your answer. Different answers return different sets of resources. Clicking on the resources will take you directly to those resources outside the tool.
Fig.4 Assessments results page
This menu allows you to navigate through the questions and resources via three broad themes:
Business case and models for online learning
This section allows you to focus on questions or resources that consider some of the broader issues around online learning. This includes things like business models, demand, benefits and institutional aspects.
Design and support for online learning
This section allows you to focus on questions or resources that relate to curriculum design for online learning, such as pedagogic approaches and assessment. It also considers the kinds of support that staff and students need.
Technology and Tools for online learning
This section allows you to focus on questions or resources that relate specifically to using technology and tools for online learning.
Fig.5 Explore by themes page
Each of these areas contain the same questions as in the Readiness Tool Menu but pulls them together differently. Clicking on the Assess me button brings together all the questions relevant to that theme.
This section also allows you to just browse the resources allocated to each question in these themes.
So for example, if you select the Technology and Tools for online learning theme (see fig 6) and are interested in resources around Mobile technologies you will be able to explore the resources that we have linked to for each different answer (see fig 7) by selecting .
Fig.6 View after clicking on the Explore button for ‘Technology and Tools for online learning’
Select the area that you are interested in and click on the Explore button to the right of this. You will then be presented with a screen where you will be able to select which level of resources you would like to see (fig 7).
You may notice that there are often more resources for the Ideas and inspiration level – this is because we have tried to identify a wide range of case studies that you may want to ‘dip-into’. The Exploring concepts level points you to key introductory sources.
Fig.7 View after clicking on the Explore button within the Very Experienced category for Mobile Technologies
We welcome your feedback on the tool or this guide. Please send any comments about either to Heather.Price@jisc.ac.uk