Welcome to [online course name]!  You have read my bio and something about the course and now I would like to know something about you. Please complete this survey so that I can learn about your background and goals.

* 1. This course does not require you to have previous experience in an online course, but it is helpful to me to know what your experience is.

Have you had a course that used an online course management system such as Blackboard, Moodle or Desire2Learn (don't include courses using Google docs or websites)?  Please select all the class formats you have had experience with.

* 2. Online courses require some basic technical skills. Please tell me which technical skills or functions you are comfortable using. Select all answers that apply to you.

* 3. Sometimes in online courses, the instructions or assignments may not be clear to you. How do you handle situations where answers to your questions are not spelled out?

Select how likely you are to do the following actions, using the scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the most likely and 5 being the least likely.

  1-Most likely 2-Somewhat likely 3-Neither likely or unlikely 4-Somewhat unlikely 5-Most unlikely
Ask someone in the class.
Ask the instructor.
Go back and review my notes because I'm not comfortable asking anyone for help.
If I don't understand something, I just skip it.  It should have been clear.
If there is a discussion forum for questions, I'll ask there.

* 4. Your goals in this course might be defined as "what you want out of the class".  Choose the goal or goals that apply best to you.

* 5. You may be able to choose to take this course, or other courses, entirely online, half online and half in class (hybrid course), or entirely in a classroom (face-to-face), maybe with some material online.

If you could choose how your class met, which of these options would you choose?

* 6. Considering your answer to # 5, find the reason or reasons you chose your answer in the examples below.  

Select how important the following reasons rated in your choice in Question 5.  Use a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being very important and 5 being least important.

  1-Very important 2-Somewhat important 3-No opinion 4-Somewhat unimportant 5-Least important
Online courses, even partially online, fit into my schedule better.
I like to work online because I'm not comfortable talking in a face-to-face class.
I would just as soon stay in my room or at home as go to class.
It suits my communication style to meet in a classroom.
It suits my communication style to "meet" online.
Online classes require a lot of reading and writing and I don't like that.
Online classes suit my learning style.
I just like to be in face-to-face classes with other people.
I need this class and this was the only class available.

* 7. Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience or this class?