Distance Education provides and supports the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator
in APSU 1000, the university's transition to college course. SmarterMeasure assists
students in assessing, understanding, and improving the attributes, skills, and knowledge
needed to thrive in self-directed learning as experienced in college and especially
so in online courses.
SmarterMeasure is a 30-40 minute online assessment. Immediately upon completing,
students are provided with a personalized readiness report that outlines their strengths,
opportunities, and resources for improvement. The assessment and report results are
then discussed throughout APSU 1000.
Check out this quick FAQ sheet information at a glance. Additionally, this detailed description will allow you to take a comprehensive view of the SmarterMeasure assessment and the
subsequent reports. SmarterMeasure is a useful too and this rationale offers insights into why the assessment is beneficial to learners.
To learn more about SmarterMeasure, please explore the information below. Should
you have any questions or comments, please contact Distance Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scales and Sub-Scales
All eight components of SmarterMeasure (life factors, individual attributes, learning
styles, technical competency, technical knowledge, LMS competency, reading skills,
and typing skills) are grounded in theoretical research and practice. Learn more
about the eight SmarterMeasure scales with this SmarterMeasure Scales PDF. As you familiarize yourself with SmarterMeasure, you will find that this content
is relevant to all students. Time management, procrastination, asking for help, technology
skills, etc. are attributes and skills essential to being successful in college and
SmarterMeasure is pre-loaded into the APSU 1000 course within D2L. No additional
set up is required; unless, the instructor plans to use date restrictions (more information
below). The SmarterMeasure assessment is 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.
Instructors can also set dates in D2L to control access to SmarterMeasure. To do
this, select the drop down menu arrow next to the link for SmarterMeasure in your
course and then select "Edit Properties In-Place." The options are to enter a start,
end, and/or due date; any or all can be used. The date options are explained below.
Start Date - Before the start date, students can see the SmarterMeasure link in D2L
but they cannot select it.
Due Date - After the due date passes, students can still see and access the link.
If they complete SmarterMeasure after the due date passes, the gradebook will still
update with a new grade and it will overwrite any grade the instructor may have manually
End Date - After the end date passes, students can still see the link to SmarterMeasure
but they cannot select it; therefore, they can no longer receive a grade or access
their SmarterMeasure report. If you use the end date, make sure you have students
save their reports before the end date passes.
Discussion and Engagement
As part of the APSU 1000 curriculum, instructors will be asked to engage with their
students on the SmarterMeasure topics and their personalized results. Below are resources
to assist in this effort as well as additional suggestions to further integrate SmarterMeasure
into the course.
A course discussion around the SmarterMeasure content prompts students to read their
readiness reports, reflect on their level of readiness to learn, and identify steps
they can take to foster academic success. Lead a group discussion or consider adding
a discussion to your course in D2L. Select from this list of Suggested SmarterMeasure Discussion Topics or create your own topic.
Immediately upon completing the SmarterMeasure assessment, students are provided with
their personalized readiness report. To access this report, students will 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.
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. From blue for strength to red for opportunity for improvement.
The summary is mostly graphical and shows the students overall results in the eight
scales measured. The summary is a great place for students to see which areas they should focus on
as they are reading their report and working to improve 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, 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.
Handouts & Videos
SmarterServices has created student-focused handouts to align with the SmarterMeasure
assessment. You can locate and download these resources on their website (opens new window). If you are a current APSU 1000 instructor, you can find these resources in the
SmarterMeasure module within your course section. Examples include:
SmarterMeasure Technical Vocabulary Sheet
Tips for Successful Time Management
Pros of Online Learning
Be a Successful Online Learner
How to Stay Focused and Study Effectively for your Online Courses
Current instructors, please visit the APSU 1000 Instructor Training Course in D2L
to access how-to videos including a SmarterMeasure Instructor Overview Video and SmarterMeasure
Instructor Dashboard Video. If you have any questions, please contact Distance Education
at email@example.com or 931-221-6625.