Are You Ready for Online Learning?
YES, ONLINE COURSES SURE ARE CONVENIENT
Online courses are a convenient way to take classes. However, they require a student to work independently, have consistent access to reliable high-speed internet access and other technology, and have moderate computing skills.
Are you ready to take online courses?
- Take this free self-assessment from Michigan Colleges Online to determine if online courses are a good fit for your learning style.
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:
- File management
- Create, name, and save files
- Organize and manage files
- 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?
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. Register for and download Microsoft Office 365 using your North Central email address at https://products.office.com/en-us/student
- 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 a course has special requirements.