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Essential Technical Skills

For a successful online learning experience, students should possess these essential computer, word processing, web navigation, communications and learning management system skills.

Basic Computer Functions

  • Use a mouse to point, click, and double click
  • Type
  • Open a software application
  • Exit a software application
  • Create a new file
  • Locate a saved file
  • Upload a file
  • Copy and paste

Word Processing Functions

  • Use the Enter/return key to create a blank line
  • Use the Tab feature
  • Apply basic formatting: bold, italics, and centering to text
  • Insert a picture
  • Use spell check
  • Use "Save As" feature
  • Save a file (including naming the file and locating where to save the file)
  • Print a file

Website Fluency

  • Use multiple browsers
  • Opening a web browser
  • Typing a web address
  • Click on a link
  • Scroll through a web page
  • Use the Back button
  • Use a search engine
  • Identify search results
  • Download and view a file from a web page
  • Print a web page

Communications Skills and Blackboard Proficiency

  • Send and receive email with your IRSC Rivermail email account
  • Attach a file to an email message
  • View course announcements
  • Create a discussion board post and respond to students and faculty
  • Upload documents for assignment submissions
  • Download course files
  • View multimedia presentations
  • Navigate through Blackboard
  • Use the Blackboard tools and resources
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