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 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, dual enrollment students, and the RN-BSN online
orientation course. If you are interested in using SmarterMeasure, please contact
Distance Education at email@example.com.
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/skills are essential to being successful in college.
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.
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.
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 and the assessment is tied
to the gradebook, the gradebook will still update with a new 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 access their SmarterMeasure
report and resources. 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 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 (opens new window). You can also view this PDF example of a student report (opens new window). Students can download their reports as PDFs while it looks slightly different from
what they see in D2L all of the information remains including links to resources.
Use one of these sample reports 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.
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. 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.
Watch this video to learn more about the instructor dashboard. Instructors can easily
access individual student results as well as data on their class as a whole. Use
the dashboard to identify struggling students, determine which SmarterMeasure areas
your class struggled in, and more.
Here is a quick 30 second video that can be added to your course to share information
with students. The video can be added as a link in D2L using the direct link to the
video or embedded in D2L. For the D2L embed code, please contact Distance Education
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: this video was created by SmarterServices.