Self Assessment: Your Computer Skills

Successful online students should be able to:

  • send and receive emails with attachments
  • create and save documents from a variety of software applications
  • navigate the internet online with a browser
  • change basic system configurations and control panels (such as adjusting audio and screen resolution)
  • download and install system and software components (such as updates released for your computer’s operating system)
  • troubleshoot basic computer problems (especially those common with Internet connections)
  • type quickly and accurately

Frequent misconceptions regarding online learning

Myth:  Students assume that they will be able to learn Brightspace/D2L and do their first week’s assignments without knowing anything about the online environment.

Reality: The first week of online classes is a demanding time and knowing how to use Brightspace/D2L tools will allow you to concentrate on completing your assignments rather than learning how to use Brightspace/D2L.

Myth:  Students assume that because they have used computers for many years that they have the skills to be successful in online courses.

Reality:  Playing computer games and taking a keyboarding class may help develop some of the skills needed to be successful in an online course, but there are many more skills which are required to be successful.

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Dr. Paul Ramp, Director


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