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.
Dr. Paul Ramp, Director
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