Distance Education
Recommended Minimum Skills for Students Taking Internet Classes


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


Organize files, rename files, and 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 word-processing program such as Microsoft Word or a compatible processor that can save in .doc format.


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


Name and save documents as files.


Save files in different formats such as .docx, .pptx, .xlsx, etc.


Send and receive e-mail messages using the online course e-mail tool.


Locate saved files, attach files to e-mail, and send to instructor.


Open, and save email and attachments from instructors. Update information or complete assignments, and return e-mail with attachments to instructors.


Type in URL 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, etc.


Identify sites with relevant information, bookmark those sites, and organize bookmarks.


Maintain recent versions of Web browser by down-loading latest versions off the Web. Activate the “cookies” and Java Script features of your Internet browser


Allow pop-ups from your course site.