The SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator is a 30-40 minute web-based assessment which measures a learner’s readiness for succeeding in self-directed learning based on non-cognitive indicators of success. SmarterMeasure indicates the degree to which an individual student possesses attributes, skills, and knowledge that contribute to success in learning. All seven components of SmarterMeasure are grounded in theoretical research and practice. The seven components of SmarterMeasure are:
- Individual Attributes – motivation, procrastination, willingness to ask for help, etc.
- Life Factors – Availability of time, support from family and employers, finances, etc.
- Learning styles – Based on the multiple intelligences model
- Technical Competency – Skills with using technology
- Technical Knowledge – Knowledge of technology terms
- On-screen Reading Rate and Recall
- Typing Speed and Accuracy
Immediately upon completing SmarterMeasure, students are provided with a personalized readiness report that outlines their strengths, opportunities for improvement, and resources for improvement.
The goal of SmarterMeasure is to help students understand the attributes, skills,
and knowledge to be successful in self-directed learning like experienced in college
and to provide them resources and support for improvement.
To learn more about SmarterMeasure, please explore the information below. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Distance Education's Crystal Faulkner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The implementation of SmarterMeasure at APSU is very targeted to ensure students receive the maximum benefits. Distance Education has currently implemented SmarterMeasure in the APSU 1000 Freshmen Seminar, the RN-BSN online orientation course, and for dual enrollment students. If you are interested in using SmarterMeasure, please contact Distance Education's Crystal Faulkner at email@example.com to discuss the possibility.
The video below is an introduction to SmarterMeasure for instructors.
SmarterMeasure is comprised of seven sections referred to as scales and each scale focuses on several sub-scales. These scales are a composite of the internal and external factors as well as skill sets that contribute to success. This information is outlined below and is available in a assessment scales PDF.
External factors are influences affecting the student that are outside of themselves.
- Life Factors - availability of time to study and place to study, reason for pursuing education, support from family, friends, and employer, and perception of academic skills
Internal factors help to describe the student's personality.
- Individual Attributes - procrastination, time management, persistence, willingness to seek help, academic attributes, and locus of control
- Learning Styles - uses the multiple intelligences model to identify the degree to which students exhibit the visual, verbal, social, solitary, physical, aural, and logical learning style
Skill sets are those essential to navigating and performing in technology-rich courses.
- Reading Skills - screen reading rate and reading recall
- Typing Skills - typing speed and accuracy
- Technical Competency - computer and Internet ability
- Technical Knowledge - technology usage, access, vocabulary, and student's computer and Internet specifications
As you familiarize yourself with SmarterMeasure, instructors will find that this content is relevant to all students. Time management, procrastination, asking for help, etc., these are all skills beneficial to any student so it is important that students take this content seriously.
- The SmarterMeasure assessment can be tied to the D2L gradebook. As students exit the assessment, whether they complete it in full or have used the Stop and Return Later button, students will be notified and the gradebook will automatically update based on the percentage of the assessment they have completed. Students are not graded on their scores in the individual sections. Note: APSU 1000 sections already have SmarterMeasure linked to their gradebooks.
The information in the instructor dashboard can help instructors identify at-risk students, target student’s trouble areas (individually or as a class), and increase class engagement. To access it, instructors simply select the SmarterMeasure link in their D2L content. Please note, instructor dashboard will be blank until students begin accessing the assessment.
The instructor dashboard uses color-coded readiness ranges - red for a low level of readiness, green for medium, and blue for high. Red does not mean that students will fail. It just means they will be challenged in a particular area. It is important that instructors encourage students to utilize their readiness report and support resources. View this PDF for more information about the color-coded readiness ranges.
The instructor dashboard offers several tools besides the initial at-a-glance view including the ability to email students, a quick view of student results, access to the full student readiness report, an educator report, and assessment analytics. These tools are detailed in the video below.
View the Integration and Engagement Ideas PDF for ways instructors can engage students on the SmarterMeasure topics or to further integrate SmarterMeasure as part of the course culture.
If you would like to discuss students' SmarterMeasure results with them but are not sure where to begin, use this SmarterMeasure Discussion Guide PDF as a starting place for discussion ideas.
Immediately upon completing the SmarterMeasure assessment, students are provided with their personalized readiness report. To access this report, students will just select the link in D2L to the assessment like they did initially to complete it. Students must complete the assessment in full to receive a readiness report.
Instructors will not have access to see students' readiness reports until after students begin taking the assessment. A sample student readiness report is available on SmarterServices' SmarterMeasure website. Use the sample report to follow along with the rest of this section; however, please keep in mind that the sample report does not contain APSU specific text and branding like actual readiness reports. Once students have taken the assessment, instructors can access their students' readiness reports. Visit the Instructor Dashboard resources on this page for more information.
The readiness report provides the student with a summary and then detailed results for each of the scales and sub-scales. The report lists results both numerically and with a color coded scale. Blue for strength to red for opportunity for improvement.
The summary is mostly graphical and shows the students overall results in the seven scales measured. This is a great way for students to see which areas they should focus on as they are reading and improving their skills.
For each of the scales, students are provided with a short narrative on what each section measures and why. The student’s overall scale result is provided in text as well as graphically. This is followed by breaking the scale up into its sub-scales. Based on the students score in each sub-scale, they are provided with additional information about the sub-scale. Finally, at the bottom of each section, they are provided with resources for support.
The report provides options to Print/Download Report or Email Report. This is important for students to do so that they can retain this important information after losing access to the course.
Instructors may consider including this video in the course content or syllabus.