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The SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator is a 30-40 minute web-based assessment which indicates the degree to which an individual student possesses the attributes, skills, and knowledge that contributes to success in learning based on non-cognitive indicators of success. Immediately upon completing SmarterMeasure, students are provided with a personalized readiness report that outlines their strengths, opportunities for improvement, and resources for improvement. 

Our goal is to help students understand attributes, skills, and knowledge for success so they can thrive in self-directed learning like experienced in college and 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 at online@apsu.edu.

The implementation of SmarterMeasure at APSU is very targeted to ensure students receive the maximum benefits.  APSU uses SmarterMeasure in the APSU 1000 Freshmen Seminar course.  

All seven components of SmarterMeasure (life factors, individual attributes, learning styles, reading skills, typing skills, technical competency, and technical knowledge) are grounded in theoretical research and practice.  Learn more about the seven 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.


Integration and Engagement

  • View these Course Integration and Engagement Ideas for ways instructors can engage students on the SmarterMeasure topics or to further integrate SmarterMeasure as part of the course culture.

  • 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.  Your options are to enter a start, end, and/or due date; any or all can be used.  More information about how the date options work is 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 entered.

    • 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.

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. 

You can view a PDF example of a student readiness report (opens new window).  Use this sample report to follow along with the rest of this section.  Please keep in mind that the sample report does not contain APSU specific text and branding like our students' actual readiness reports. 

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 seven 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, 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.

Handouts from SmarterServices

SmarterServices has created 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.

  • Controlling Procrastination
  • How to Be a Successful Online Learner
  • How to Find and Create a Place to Study and Take Exams
  • How to Stay Focused and Study Effectively for your Online Courses
  • Pros of Online Learning
  • Replacing Negative Self-Talk with Positive Affirmations
  • Tips for Successful Time Management


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 online@apsu.edu or 931-221-6625.