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What Technology And Skills Do I Need For An Online Course?

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First up let’s take a look at the technical set up you will need to be able to complete this course. As you’ll see, the requirements are basic:

  • Laptop or Desktop Computer – you need to be able to watch videos, open pdf files and complete assignments. Needless to say, for an online course, daily access to a computer is a must.
  • Internet Access – a significant amount of course content is delivered via video. Most standard internet connections cope fine with this.
  • An Email Account (where you can reliably be reached) – much of our communication with classes is done via email. You need an email account that you can access regularly for the duration of your course.
  • Preview or Adobe – since lecture notes come in PDF format, you’ll need one of the programmes listed (or a similar alternative). This is an extremely common file type and many computers now come with this software preinstalled.
  • Microsoft Word or Google Docs – to complete assignments you need access to word processing software (such as those just mentioned). If you don’t already have a word processing programme on your computer, Google Docs is a free and reliable online alternative.
  • Access to a Printer – assignments have to be submitted in hard copy as well as via email. If you don’t have one at home, many places will let you print out documents for a small fee. Check out your local library.

In addition to equipment, some people can be a little worried about their “computer literacy” and whether it will stand in the way of successfully completing an online course.

So now let’s think about the technical skills you need.

  • Play a Video on YouTube – our course videos are not delivered in this way but if you know how to play and pause a video on YouTube, then you’ll be able to cope with accessing our videos.
  • Make/Receive a Skype Call – this is sometimes one of the elements of the application process.
  • Write a Document in Word Processing Software – if you’ve ever opened up a blank sheet and written a letter or a CV, for example, you have the skills needed for writing of assignments.
  • Basic Internet Research – you will be given all the information you need to complete assignments. But you should also be comfortable with the idea of a basic internet search to perform tasks such as finding out what an abbreviation means.

If you have the basic technical setup required and you can do these common computer based tasks, you shouldn’t have a bother with completing our courses.

If you are in any doubt, contact us to discuss your specific circumstances in more detail.

You might also be interested to check out our article “Am I A Good Fit For An Online Course?”, where we look at the personal traits and qualities needed to be a successful online student.