Technical Skills for Online Success

When considering to take an online course perhaps the first question you should ask it whether or not you have, or have access to, the computer hardware and software that allow you to complete the course activities.

Hardware and software for online courses

All online courses at Pellissippi are accessed through a learning management system named D2L Brightspace. While many of the features of Brightspace can be used from mobile devices through the Brightspace Pulse app, most students find using a laptop or desktop computer the easiest way to complete assignment submissions and quizzes.

Links to the Brightspace Pulse App 

Link to Google Play
Link to apple app store

Computer skills for online courses

You will need basic computer and technical skills to participate in an online learning course. These skills include but are not limited to the following:

  • Using a mouse that includes scrolling, left-clicking and right-clicking.
  • Typing information for coursework.
  • Creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Opening, minimizing and closing computer applications.
  • Participating in online bulletin/discussion boards.
  • Participating in online chat rooms.
  • Recognizing and understanding common file formats such as .doc or .docx, .pdf, and .txt
  • Using appropriate plug-ins.
  • Printing pages from a browser.

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Dr. Paul Ramp, Director


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