Technical Skills Checklist

Most students who have experience browsing the Internet already have the technical skills necessary to succeed in an online course. This checklist can help you make sure. Answer "Yes" or "No" to each item, then click "Score" to get your results.

1. Are you familiar with word processing tasks such as cutting, copying, and pasting text in a document, and using editing features such as the spell checker and thesaurus?

Yes

No



2. Do you know how to save a file and create a new folder/directory on your computer?

Yes

No



3. Can you distinguish between a website URL and an email address?

Yes

No



4. Are you familiar with using Internet search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo?

Yes

No



5. Do you know how to use the "Bookmark" or "Favorites" feature of your browser?

Yes

No



6. Do you know how to attach a file to an email, and open an incoming email attachment?

Yes

No



7. Can you save and retrieve files from storage devices such as a USB flash drive or external drive?

Yes

No



8. Can you download and install browser plug-ins for common software applications such as Adobe Reader, Flash, QuickTime, RealPlayer, etc.?

Yes

No



9. Are you familiar with using technology to communicate, such as through online discussion forums, instant messaging, or video chat?

Yes

No



10. Have you activated your ACCmail account?

Yes

No





How did you do?

If you scored from 8-10: Your technical skills are sufficient to make Distance Learning a good choice for you. Check the online syllabus to see if special software programs are required for the course.

If you scored from 5-7: Your familiarity with computer operations and the level of your technical skills may cause you some difficulty with Distance Learning. Check the online syllabus to find out what kind of technical skills will be required to successfully participate in the course.

If you scored 4 or fewer: You should develop your computer and electronic literacy skills to increase your chances for success in distance education courses relying on technology.

Need help with your technical skills?

Visit the Tech Toolbox to find helpful resources for working with a variety of technologies available to you at ACC.

Instructional Resources & Technology : Distance Learning