How To Succeed in Cyberspace: Self-Assessment and Placement Options for Online Students

Donna Reiss, Tidewater Community College Presentation at Computers and Writing 1999

Success in online classes, in particular, full participation in an Internet-based classroom community, depends in part on technological skills. Even highly motivated, intelligent students can falter at routine tasks if they have minimal computer skills and access.

Additionally, online students may find it difficult to attend on-campus orientations to computers, often overestimate their ability to quickly improve their computer skills, and may not admit they have technology problems until too late to keep up with class.

To help our online students succeed and to improve retention as well as satisfaction with the online community, Tidewater Community College is developing a performance-based self-placement approach. This presentation describes our progress through May 1999.

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