“Digital Natives” at Traditional University: How Ready are they for Online Learning?

ID: 50006 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Michelle Read, Matthew Eichler, Joshua Book, Patrick Smith, and Komal Gandhi, Texas State University, United States

Abstract: In the academic year 2015-2016, staff and faculty at a traditionally brick-and-mortar central Texas university that has seen an increasing number of courses being delivered online wanted to provide potential online students with an assessment tool, a Student Readiness Survey, which would help students determine their potential success for online/hybrid coursework. The findings from this survey show that regardless of classification both undergraduate and graduate students appear to be ready, willing, and able to take online/hybrid courses. With few exceptions, there was little variance between freshman, sophomore, juniors, seniors and graduate students in terms of their ability to track assignments, willingness to take responsibility, confidence in their written expressive abilities, their like for multiple modalities for learning, and their motivation.


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