Computer Skills Required

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:

  • Using a mouse including 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.

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 - The College provides a student email account to all students. Your instructor will send important messages to you at this address. You will need to check your email regularly.
  • Document building software such as: Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel and Power Point).
  • A supported browser - requiring plug-ins such as Flash, QuickTime, Java, etc. These plug-ins will provide the ability to view scanned articles or play audio or video movies from within your browser. Our Blackboard Learn system recommends Mozilla's Firefox.
  • A high-speed internet connection such as DSL or Broadband/Cable connection.