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Do I Have the Technical Skills?


The following self-assessment is provided to help students determine if they possess the technical skills needed to succeed in an online course.

Can you start up, reboot, and shut down a computer?
 

yes
no

 
Can you start and quit a program stored on the hard drive?
 

yes
no

 
Can you save and retrieve files to and from a cd, usb key or the hard drive?
 

yes
no

 
Can you cut/copy text from one source and paste it into another?
 

yes
no

 
Can you open, close and minimize menus and windows?
 

yes
no

 
Can you move windows around on your desktop?
 

yes
no

 
Can you resize windows on your desktop?
 

yes
no

 
Can you create folders?
 

yes
no

 
Can you navigate a directory structure to find files?
 

yes
no

 
Can you rename files?
 

yes
no

 
Can you delete files?
 

yes
no

 
Do you have typing skills to produce at least 30-40 words per minute?
 

yes
no

 
Can you create a word processing document using the various editing and formatting features?
 

yes
no

 
Can you print a word processing document?
 

yes
no

 
Can you use spell and grammar checking to revise your work?
 

yes
no

 
Do you know how to log on to the Internet?
 

yes
no

 
Do you know how to retrieve and delete e-mail messages?
 

yes
no

 
Can you create, send, forward, reply and save email messages?
 

yes
no

 
Can you distinguish between an email address and a web address?
 

yes
no

 
Can you send group mailings?
 

yes
no

 
Do you know how to post messages to discussion lists?
 

yes
no

 
Can you locate and access information using a WWW search engine?
 

yes
no

 
Do you know how to check the credibility of Internet resources?
 

yes
no

 
Can you use 'talk' or 'chat' features for real-time communication?
 

yes
no

 
Are you familiar with and do you abide by standard acceptable etiquette on the net?
 

yes
no

 
Can you locate and use appropriate computer resources and technologies (such as online catalogs, periodical indexes, full text resources, multimedia computer stations, and CD ROM stations) available within a library or media center?
 

yes
no

 
Can you download and configure your web browser with plug-ins such as Real Audio and use the bookmark features of your browser?
 

yes
no

 

 

Score  

Evaluating Your Score

Click the Calculate Score button above to see how many of the above questions you responded to with a "Yes." Use the following scale to assess how technically prepared you are to complete a COD online course.

27 - 22: Excellent. More than likely you have the necessary technical computer/Internet skills needed to enroll for an Online course.

21 - 17: Fair. Your Technical Skills may be marginal and your lack of skill in technical areas of using a computer to communicate and navigate the Internet may possibly jeopardize your ability to complete the course successfully.

16 or less: Need improvement. It is recommended that you access coursework, workshops, or tutorials that will help you improve your basic computer and internet skills before enrolling in an online course.


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