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Technical Skills Readiness - What Do I Need to Know Technically

Technical Skills Readiness - What Do I Need to Know Technically

The following self assessment is provided to help learners determine if they possess the technical skills needed to succeed in an online course.

In a Windows environment:

1. Can you start up, shut down and reboot a computer?

Yes No

2. Can you start and quit a program?

Yes No

3. Can you save and retrieve files to and from the hard drive, CD, or external drive (jump drive)?

Yes No

4. Can you open and close menus and windows?

Yes No

5. Can you create folders?

Yes No

6. Can you navigate a directory structure to find files?

Yes No

7. Can you rename files?

Yes No

8. Can you delete files?

Yes No

In a Word environment:

9. Can you create a word processing document?

Yes No

10. Can you use spell and grammar checking to revise your work?

Yes No

In an Internet environment:

11. Can you log on to the Internet?

Yes No

12. Do you know how to retrieve and delete e-mail messages?

Yes No

13. Can you create, send, forward, and reply to e-mail messages?

Yes No

14. Can you send group mailings?

Yes No

15. Do you know how to post messages to discussion lists?

Yes No

16. Can you use a WWW search engine?

Yes No

17. Can you use talk or chat features for synchronous communication?

Yes No

18. Can you reconfigure your web browser with plug-ins such as Real Audio?

Yes No

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It is recommended that you take additional coursework that will help you improve your basic computer and Internet skills before enrolling in a online course.

You are encouraged to communicate with your advisor prior to enrolling to see if a skills improvement course would contribute to your success in the class.