Computer Proficiency Requirements for Online Programs

Although your instructor is there to support you, in order to comfortably participate and succeed in an online course environment, online students must have basic computer literacy skills and, at a minimum, have proficiency with the following: 

  • Using a keyboard and mouse
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Using common software applications including, but not limited to those found in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or similar office suites such as Google Apps
  • Recording video presentations with your computer camera and microphone and uploading to video hosting services such as YouTube
  • Using a text editor (changing fonts, inserting links, using spell check, etc.)
  • Saving and retrieving files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx, etc.)
  • Installing and updating software
  • Selecting, copying, and pasting text
  • Accessing the Internet using a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox
  • Resetting basic browser settings (clearing cache/history, cookies, etc)
  • Performing basic Internet searches with appropriate search terms
  • Locating and copying web addresses/URLs
  • Browsing for files to attach and upload; extracting zip files

Technical Requirements

to understand the basic technical skills you will need in your online courses, please see our Technical Requirements page. 

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