California Colleges Gain Access to Online Diagnostic Assessment Tool

California Community Colleges will now have access to a new tool for offering online diagnostic assessments.

The result of a partnership between the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI) and the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the new agreement will make the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator, from SmarterServices, available to colleges through the foundation's purchasing program. The program, CollegeBuys, offers discounts on education technologies for California community colleges. Previously, the Learning Readiness Indicator was only available to OEI pilot colleges.

The online diagnostic assessment is designed to measure factors such as learning style, life circumstances, personal attributes, technical competency and knowledge, rate and recall of on-screen reading and speed and accuracy of typing.

"Online student readiness is one of the most important factors that will impact whether or not a student will succeed in a course," said Pat James, OEI's executive director, in a news release. "Making SmarterMeasure available to all California Community Colleges allows these students to be fully informed about their individual challenges with online learning."

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