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SmarterMeasure is an online self-assessment tool that can help you understand the skills and personal traits necessary to succeed in distance education courses. Distance education courses are not any easier than traditional courses, are usually not self-paced and often contain more information than corresponding face-to-face courses. Information about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as your technical skills, may be helpful to you as you consider taking distance education courses at TWU. The purpose of SmarterMeasure is to help you learn more about skills and traits that have been shown to help students become successful in distance education.

 

Answer the questions honestly for the most accurate results. There are no “right" or "wrong” answers on the SmarterMeasure assessment. Upon completion, you will receive a score report which will not only help you understand your strengths and opportunities for improvement, but will also provide you with resources to help you succeed.  Your scores will not impact your university application or your ability to register for distance education courses.

 

Each page of the SmarterMeasure assessment has links to technical assistance.

Technical Requirements

To successfully use SmarterMeasure, you must:

  1. Have Internet access with a 28.8K modem or faster. (A minimum 56k modem is recommended to download components such as audio files.)
  2. Accept browser cookies.
  3. Enable JavaScript on your Web browser.
  4. Set your browser to refresh at every page.
  5. Not be behind a firewall that blocks cookies or blocks access to a secure server.
  6. Turn off pop-up blocking. (Internet Explorer users only)
  7. Have speakers connected to your computer and turned on.

The following minimum plug-in versions may be required to access certain areas of the site. If your version precedes or differs from those listed, you may be prompted to download a new version.

  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher

What is SmarterMeasure?

SmarterMeasure is a tool which helps you determine your level of readiness for taking online or technology rich courses. On the next few web pages you will be asked questions on topics in the areas of how well you can use a computer; how motivated, organized, and self-directed you are; how you prefer to learn new information; and you will even be able to measure your on-screen reading rate and recall.

But relax, SmarterMeasure is fun. SmarterMeasure is being provided by your school to help you better understand your strengths and weaknesses better as you prepare to learn online. SmarterMeasure is a tool to help you succeed!

After completing SmarterMeasure you will view a webpage which will show you your scores in easy to interpret graphs and text. In addition to that, you may receive an email from your institution letting you know about sources for support in the areas in which you could use some assistance.