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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.  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 online@apsu.edu

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.


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 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.

Handouts from SmarterServices

Instructor Dashboard Video

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.


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Student Introduction Video

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 online@apsu.edu.  Note: this video was created by SmarterServices.


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