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What technical knowledge is expected?


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A sick computer You don't have to be technologically savvy to take an online course. However, you must be comfortable with your system and be willing to deal with any problems that may arise. Hardware (and software) breaks down when you least expect it. 

To do well in an online course, you should be familiar with the following: 

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Use of a Web browser

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Use of a standard word processor (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, or Word Perfect, for example)

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Handling email, including sending email attachments

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Understanding and respecting netiquette

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Basic file management

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Downloading software

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Finding information on the Internet

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Completing online forms

Lack of technical knowledge can greatly interfere with your learning a new subject. If you do not have the above skills, consider taking a short computer course prior to enrolling in an online course. 

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