Are You Ready for Online?

September 09, 2015

By Matt Schmitz

While online learning continuing to increase and permeate all levels of education, some faculty and students are still reluctant to teach or learn in the medium. Often their concern is based on lack of comfort with various forms of technology but their apprehension frequently stems from an unfamiliarity with pedagogical and behavioral approaches.

Unlike traditional, face-to-face education, online teaching and learning often requires more individualized activity on the part of the faculty and student and, since a lot of the tasks are not completed synchronously, time management is a critical skill. 

It's important to be prepared for change from traditional courses and to understand the kind of commitment that's necessary for success in online teaching and learning. To assist faculty and students in gauging if they’re ready to move to the online environment, ITS Instructional Design & Learning Technologies has developed two online readiness instruments: one to measure student readiness for online learning and one to measure instructor readiness for online teaching. These brief surveys are designed to guide those interested in online learning toward an understanding of their own technical, organizational, and interpersonal skills as well as offer recommendations for how to prepare for online learning and teaching. 

The student online readiness instrument is available at: and the instructor online readiness survey can be accessed at:> 

If you have any questions about these instruments or would like to discuss the results, please contact an IDLT member at 618-650-5500 or via email at In addition, IDLT members can schedule a consultation to discuss strategies and best practices for success in online teaching and learning.

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