Computer Skills and Hardware Requirements
Computer and Technical Skills
You will need basic computer and technical skills to participate in an on-line learning course. These skills include but are not limited to the following:
- Being able to use a mouse and successfully scroll up and down a web page
- Right clicking with a mouse
- Good keyboarding/typing skills
- Knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Familiar with the Windows environment - be able to resize, minimize and close windows
- Ability to use online bulletin/discussion boards; ability and willingness to use online chat rooms if necessary
- Familiar with different file formats such as DOC (Microsoft Word document) and TXT (Text-only Document).
- Familiar with plug-ins
- Ability to print pages from a browser
Hardware and Software you will need . . .
In addition to your computer skills, you will also need adequate hardware and software to participate in an online course:
- Email software - a faster internet connection will make your time online more productive
- Microsoft Office software (especially Word, Excel and Powerpoint);
- Windows 2000 operating system at a minimum.
- Web browser software with certain plug-ins - providing ability to view scanned articles or play audio or video movies from within your browser.
- Knowing what connection speed your are currently using will be needed. It is highly recommended that online users have a high speed connection. Typically DSL or Broadband/Cable connection is suitable.
- If you are using your work computer for class, be aware that some businesses protect their computers with hardware and software called a "Firewall." This may prevent you from accessing all or parts of your course. Obtain permission from your supervisor and your information technology department to access the WebCT.