Course Information Survey

Donald Reed
San Jose State University
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Initial Publication Date: November 4, 2011 | Reviewed: November 2, 2013


This activity is a brief quiz to be completed at beginning of course that provides information to instructor about the internet access and computer resources of each student as well as assesses whether student has reviewed syllabus, is ready to begin class, and understands the rigor of an online, and has noted due dates of major assignments.

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Activity is not "subject matter" specific, but can be modified to use in any course.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Student begin to appreciate the rigor and assignments on an online class.

How the activity is situated in the course

This is part of first assignment in the class and serves as an introduction to the course policies.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Ensure students are ready to begin class or may consider dropping if they are not prepared for the self-discipline required to succeed in an online class.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Self reflection

Other skills goals for this activity


Description of the activity/assignment

This survey provides the instructor with information to help troubleshoot problems that students may experience working online. The activity also alerts students to the rigor and principal assignments of the course as well as the importance of reviewing and understanding the course syllabus.

Determining whether students have met the goals

The instructor can review quiz results quickly to identify any potential issues in study habits and preparation for the course.

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