Distance Learning Student Blog
How computer savvy do I need to be
for a Distance Learning class?
A common concern from students is they are worried they do not know
enough about computers to be successful in their Distance
Learning class. While a Distance Learning class does have
more technology requirements than a traditional face-to-face
class, it doesn't mean that only those with a high
technological skill set will succeed. In fact, as you
continue to read this post, you might be surprised to learn
you have most of these skills already.
you have access to a computer with a reliable internet
Okay, so this isn't really a
"skill" but it is a very important part of an online class.
Having a reliable internet connection in an online class is
just as important as having reliable transportation to get
to school. It is recommended that you have access to a high
speed internet connection; this will allow for faster and
more efficient access to the content in your class.
Do you know how to access and browse the internet?
Again, this may seem like a redundant
question, but understanding how to use the internet to find
information will be an important part of your online
experience. For some quick tips, check out the following
video on "Web
Search Strategies" from the Common Craft show.
Do you have access to and familiarity with basic
The most common piece of computer software you will need to
be familiar with is a word processing program such as
Microsoft Word. Sometimes you may be required to utilize
other programs such as Microsoft Excel, or PowerPoint. It is
a good idea to become familiar with these types of programs.
If you don't have them on your computer already, check out
OpenOffice.org, they have free downloads for various
There you have it. These are the
big three for online learning: having reliable internet
access, being able access and find information on the web,
and being familiar with basic computer software programs
like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Everything else is gravy.
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