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Recommended Minimum Skills for Students Taking Online Courses






Write down and understand your computer type (i.e., PC); hard disk size (in MB), memory (RAM), and software programs



Organize files, rename files, navigate (locate) programs and files, open and close files.



Load files from the Internet or CD-ROM.



Perform routine maintenance on your computer such as updating and running anti-virus and spyware removal software weekly. 


Select and open a current word-processing program(such as Microsoft Word 2010 or newer or a compatible processor that can save in .doc format - Microsoft Word format).


Create and format paragraphs and documents, cut and paste text, and change fonts.

Double-space a document, create hanging indent, insert page break.



Name and save documents as files.



Save files in different formats such as .doc and .rtf.

Send and receive email messages using the online course email tool.




Attach files to email and open email attachments.

Type in URLs and navigate to specific websites.  Move backward and forward to websites, use links, scroll bars, bookmarks, and refresh tools.


Use search engines, such as Google, Yahoo!, AltaVista, and others.  Identify sites with relevant information and bookmark those sites.



Create and organize bookmarks.



Maintain recent versions of Web browser by downloading latest versions off the Web. Activate certain features of your browser such as “cookies” and Java Script.



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