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9. Do I have the technical skills I need?

Extensive technical skills are not necessary to be successful in an online class. It is more important that you have determination and are self-directed. Be sure to review the materials in the Personal Skills chapter before you finish this book.

Technical Skills:
You should be able to:

  • Send and receive email
  • Attach and open a document in email
  • Go to a web URL or search for a website
  • Use a word processor (usually Microsoft Word)

If you can do the above, you have the skills and the ability to learn the technologies you will need in your online class. There are tip sheets in another section of this orientation that will help you.