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Online Learning

Are You Ready for Online Learning?



Online courses are a convenient way to earn a degree — you don't have to consider campus parking or campus housing. However, earning an online degree requires a student to work independently, have consistent access to reliable high-speed internet and other technology, and have moderate computing skills.


Are you ready to take online courses?

Learning Style
Computer Skills

To be successful in online courses, you must possess basic computer skills and feel comfortable reviewing content in a variety of multimedia formats. The following computer skills are examples of the skills needed to be successful in online courses:

  • Keyboarding
  • File management
    • Create, name, and save files
    • Organize and manage files
  • Email
    • Send and receive email
    • Attach files
  • Word processing and presentation software, such as:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Website interaction
    • Upload and download files
    • Post and respond to discussion boards
    • Take quizzes


Is your computer ready for online courses?

Technology Requirements

Online courses require you to have reliable and consistent access to the internet and a computer with updated software. You need to have access to, and be able to use:

  • High-speed Internet access (i.e., cable modem, DSL)
  • Web browser (Free) — the latest version of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari is recommended
  • Microsoft Office (Free to North Central students as part of your tuition). Accepted students, login to the Portal at, and click on the My Office 365 button to download your free copy of Microsoft Office.
  • Adobe Acrobat reader (Free)
  • Some instructors have additional software or computer requirements, so check the course description in the course catalog to find out whether an online course has special requirements.