Online Learners Need Basis Skills To

Broadband-Internet A few basic computer skills go a long way when it comes to paving your path to an online degree. Think you’re ready to learn online? The following list details the computer skills you’ll need to be successful in your quest for an online degree. The first step is to ensure that you have a good understanding of Internet navigation. Make certain that you can open and close your Internet browser, that you can navigate between Web pages using your browser’s forward and back buttons, and that you’re able to maximize and minimize the browser window. If you need help with these basic concepts, both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox have exhaustive Help files that can answer your questions about navigating the Net. Next, test your understanding of how files are managed on your computer. Make sure you know how to find folders and files using Windows Explorer. To gain confidence in your skills, practice creating, copying, deleting and saving files until the process becomes second nature. Select "Help" from the Windows Explorer menu bar and then search for information about "files" if you’re in doubt about your skills. Make sure you know how to Copy and Paste. Mastery of these basic Clipboard functions will save you tons of time when working online. These basic skills include the ability to left click and drag to highlight information in a document, to copy that information to the clipboard, and then to paste that information from the clipboard into a new document or spreadsheet. Search Google, Yahoo or MSN to find a free copy-and-paste tutorial if you need to brush up on this important, timesaving skill. Sending and receiving email is another key skill you’ll want to be confident about. Because you’re likely to receive course materials and other documentation by email, you’ll need to know how to handle email attachments and how to open them or save them on your computer. If you’re not familiar with attachments, check the Help file of your email program for instructions on how to handle attachments. Finally, as an online learner you’ll need to know your way around some kind of word processing software. Most new computers come with Microsoft Word already installed and it’s generally considered to be the standard in word processing software. Fortunately, there’s a free alternative for those of you that don’t have Word installed on their PCs. Try OpenOffice, a free, easy-to-use software suite available at that comes with a robust word processor called OpenOffice Writer. It offers all the functionality of Word, including the ability to open and create files in Microsoft Word format. Even if all of your online learning skills have been carefully honed, don’t forget to check your computer system to make sure it can participate in the online learning experience. Most online universities, for example, recommend users have a computer equipped with Windows XP or MAC OS 9 (or higher) as their operating system. Also, almost all online universities recommend Internet Explorer or Firefox, adding they’ve found that AOL users often cannot properly access online courses. You’ll also want to have a minimum monitor resolution of 800 x 600 and a DSL or cable modem for best performance. Last but not least, say leading online universities, don’t forget to enable java script and cookies for the optimal learning experience. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: