ONLINE READINESS @CSU STANISLAUSGlenn T. Pillsbury, Ph.D.      gpillsbury@csustan.edu
Assessment locationhttp://teachonline.csustan.edu/selfassessment.php
Assessment ApproachCentral concept:Questions are weighted:• Some things are bigger  obstacles than others.• Users evaluate...
Interpreting the Score• Script keeps running tally of  the scores• Individual column totals are  what’s important, not col...
Assessment Deployment   Positioned on semester class schedule, as well as inside    course sites   Pre-registration acce...
Assessment Usage       Daily visits from April 2010 – November 2011 • 30-40 visits per day in peak times of the academic y...
Everybody Likes Statistics   61 respondents from survey of Fall 2011 online    courses   5% had previously dropped becau...
Under the Hood       The Question Interface       • Radio buttons trigger a javascript       • Payload includes question  ...
Under the Hood      Stepping Through the Script      1. Gather the current scores in the         “yes” and “no” columns   ...
Under the Hood      Stepping Through the Script       • What is the current selection         for this question, if any?  ...
Under the Hood             Stepping Through the Script                                Evaluate.   1. Add the question weig...
Under the Hood             Stepping Through the Script                                Evaluate.   1. Add the question weig...
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  • Positioned on semester class schedule, as well as inside course sitesPre-registration access theoretically prevents enroll-drop-lockout problemCoordinated with university scheduler and OIT programmer for automatic placement based on course delivery methodFaculty consulted on assessment content but not schedule placementOne faculty member raised concern about OIT inserting “unauthorized” information into their course listingFaculty are encouraged to post the link inside the course, but we don’t know at this time how many of them do that.
  • Assessment was built to fill an important gap in our services, and been publicized to online faculty but not consistently spotlighted as perhaps it should be.The tactic of placing it in the course schedule was thought to accomplish a good deal of the awareness efforts – we hoped students would simply see it in the schedule and be curious enough to take it.A few reasons why students might not have taken it even though the link is right there:If you’ve taken an online course before, there’s no need to retake the assessmentNot reading carefully the text in front of you is a feature of the Internet age…Students feel confident in their understanding of what’s entailed in taking an online courseTo get some sense of its use, we did survey the current Fall 2011 population of online students (contacted via their instructors)
  • G. Pillsbury Stanislaus Online Readiness at Stanislaus

    1. 1. ONLINE READINESS @CSU STANISLAUSGlenn T. Pillsbury, Ph.D. gpillsbury@csustan.edu
    2. 2. Assessment locationhttp://teachonline.csustan.edu/selfassessment.php
    3. 3. Assessment ApproachCentral concept:Questions are weighted:• Some things are bigger obstacles than others.• Users evaluate competing statements • 14 questions currently • Modeled after placement assessment for first-year English course
    4. 4. Interpreting the Score• Script keeps running tally of the scores• Individual column totals are what’s important, not column comparison• Currently “17” in right column is our threshold for potential problems• “Magic number” is subjective; changes with number of questions• Distribution of 3 and 4- weight questions not calculated, but remains important
    5. 5. Assessment Deployment Positioned on semester class schedule, as well as inside course sites Pre-registration access theoretically prevents enroll-drop- lockout problem Link automatically placed in schedule based on course delivery method (fully online & hybrid online) Faculty consulted on assessment content but not schedule placement One faculty member raised concern about OIT inserting “unauthorized” information into their course listing
    6. 6. Assessment Usage Daily visits from April 2010 – November 2011 • 30-40 visits per day in peak times of the academic year • Referrer data indicates 90%+ visits coming from within csustan.edu Source: Google Analytics
    7. 7. Everybody Likes Statistics 61 respondents from survey of Fall 2011 online courses 5% had previously dropped because of online format 20% aware of our assessment ~50% of those had taken it (11.5% of total) 100% reported understanding their score No one shied away from an online course after seeing their score 66% said the assessment confirmed what they already felt they knew about their readiness 80% would recommend it to others
    8. 8. Under the Hood The Question Interface • Radio buttons trigger a javascript • Payload includes question number, the button’s answer, and the question weight • “question2storage” is dealt with in the script
    9. 9. Under the Hood Stepping Through the Script 1. Gather the current scores in the “yes” and “no” columns 2. Turn them into integers so additional math can be done to them.
    10. 10. Under the Hood Stepping Through the Script • What is the current selection for this question, if any? • We need to know this in case the user is changing their answer. • If so, we’ll need to add or subtract differently.
    11. 11. Under the Hood Stepping Through the Script Evaluate. 1. Add the question weight to the current total for the column and dynamically write out the new total onto the page. 1. If we’re changing the answer, change the other column in the opposite direction and write the new total. 2. Store the latest answer in case the user changes their mind again.
    12. 12. Under the Hood Stepping Through the Script Evaluate. 1. Add the question weight to the current total for the column and dynamically write out the new total onto the page. 1. If we’re changing the answer, change the other column in the opposite direction and write the new total. 2. Store the latest answer in case the user changes their mind again.
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