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Skills and Technical Requirements for Online Classes

Skills and Technical Requirements for Online Classes 

Minimum System Requirements to take online courses:

The following skills a beneficial to possess if you plan on taking online classes:

  • Strong reading and writing skills, self-discipline and time management skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills


  • Knowledge of basic computer terminology such as:
    • drop down menu, log in, username, program, upload, website…


  • Ability to perform basic computer operations, such as:
    • Using keyboard and mouse
    • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties     
    • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
    • Sending and downloading attachments                                                             


  • Understanding basic computer hardware and software, such as:
    • Software installation, security and virus protection
    • Using software applications, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, email clients


  • Ability to use online communication tools, such as:
    • Email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments)
    • Discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers.


  • Additional Internet skills, such as:
    • Connecting, accessing, and using browsers
    • Ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases.