Online Students -- Profile of Assumptions

Course:                 _______________________________________________________

Pre-requisites:     ________________________________________________________

Description:         ________________________________________________________
 

Demographics

_____ % Males
_____ % Females

_____ % Ages 17 - 30
_____ % Ages 30+

_____ % Employed full-time (30 or more hours)
_____ % Employed part-time (less than 30 hours)
_____ % Full-time dedicated student (not employed)

Location and Access
_____ % of students accessing course primarily from campus network
_____ % of students accessing course primarily from workplace network
_____ % of students accessing course primarily from home – modem dial-up
_____ % of students accessing course primarily from home – cable or DSL

_____ % of dial-up students using AOL as primary ISP
_____ % of dial-up students using MSN as primary ISP
_____ % of dial-up students using other national primary ISP
_____ % of dial-up students using local ISP

_____ % of dial-up students with 28.8k modem
_____ % of dial-up students with 56k modem
_____ % of dial-up students with greater than 56k modem

_____ % of students inside of state
_____ % of students outside of state

Social and Communication Needs
_____ % of students that have taken an online course prior to your course
_____ % of students that have completed an online orientation
_____ % of students with no prior exposure to online instruction

_____ % of students that use e-mail frequently
_____ % of students that use e-mail only occasionally
_____ % of students with no prior experience with e-mail

_____ % of students that use Internet chat frequently
_____ % of students that use Internet chat only occasionally
_____ % of students with no prior experience with chat

_____ % of students that use bulletin boards and/or forums frequently
_____ % of students that use bulletin boards and/or forums only occasionally
_____ % of students with no prior experience with bulletin boards or forums

What are the expectations of students for:
Face-to-face group meetings: __________________________________
Face-to-face meetings with instructor: ____________________________
Online group meetings in real-time: ______________________________
Threaded discussion: _________________________________________
E-mail responsiveness: _______________________________________
Study groups: ______________________________________________
Social time online: ___________________________________________
Psychological Characteristics
  • What captures your students’ attention? What are their needs for novelty and stimulation?
  • What do your students perceive as important and relevant to their current and future goals?
  • What positive or negative attitudes do your students currently perceive about the course subject matter?
  • What do your students already know? What skills do they already possess that they are confident in?
  • Do students typically approach your course with an "I think I can…" attitude? Or do they often lack confidence in their ability?
  •  What do your students fear as it relates to your course? As it relates to online learning? What anxieties do they display?
Cognitive Learning Styles
_____ % of students with a Visual/Verbal Learning Style
_____ % of students with a Visual/Nonverbal Learning Style
_____ % of students with an Auditory/Verbal Learning Style
_____ % of students with a Tactile/Kinesthetic Learning Style


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