Technical Skills for Online Learning


Minimal Technical Skills Requirements for Successful Online Learning

Students who enroll in an online course are responsible for having enough computer skills to accomplish the tasks that will be expected of them.  Online instructors are not responsible for teaching these skills within the course.  If you do not possess the following skills, you may want to take a computer class to increase your computer knowledge before you attempt an online class.  

Computer Literacy

You need to have a basic knowledge of computer operations and browsing the Internet in order to be successful in an online course. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Comfortably use a computer
  • Perform basic navigation - minimize and maximize Windows; use the forward and back browser functions
  • Download software to your computer
  • Create, save, scan, print, and manage computer files
  • Copy and paste information using the clipboard
  • Understand a browser is used to surf the internet, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari or Mozilla Firefox
  • Upload documents by browsing your computer files
  • Understand CTRL+C, CTRL+V and CTRL+P (copy, paste, print functions) short-cut keys to save time
  • Comfortably use the internet, as well as, research internet information
  • Understand Google searches and know material used in college must not be plagiarized
  • Send and receive email messages using SUSCC email and include attachments to SUSCC email
  • Use word processing software and or spreadsheet software
  • Have a computer* with high speed internet access (even though mobile devices can be used for some online course access, testing is not possible with many  mobile devices due to the testing security software.)

*Chromebooks and computers running in Windows S mode are not compatible with the testing software using in most online classes.