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Technical Skills Assessment

Is Online Learning for You?

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

1. Can you identify your computer's operating system and version number?
2. Can you restart your computer if it becomes locked up?
3. Can you safely turn off your computer?
4. Can you explain the terms: icon, menu, window, click, select, drag, button?
5. Can you use the mouse to select and deselect text?
6. Can you use a mouse to open and close a program by clicking on an icon?
7. Can you use the "Start" button to open programs?
8. Can you choose a command from the menu?
9. Can you move, resize and close windows?
10. Do you know the difference between "Close" and "Exit"?
11. Can you use the scroll bars?
12. Can you switch between open windows?
13. Can you switch between open applications?
14. Can you create folders and move files?
15. Can you save a file and browse to locate a file?
16. Can you copy and paste?
17. Can you rename files?
18. Can you download and install programs and plug-ins?
19. Can you connect to an Internet Service Proder (ISP)?
20. Can you open a web browser?
21. Can you create a bookmark or save a favorite webpage?
22. Can you copy a URL?
23. Can you use a search engine to locate information on the Internet?
24. Can you identify the browser and access Internet preferences or options?
25. Can you use email to create and send a message?
26. Can you attach files to an email message?
27. Can you reply to an email message?
28. Do you understand and abide by standard Netiquette?
29. Can you open a word processing file?
30. Can you save a word processing file in Rich Text Format (.rtf)?
31. Can you edit and print a file?
32. Can you transfer (copy, burn) files to a CD?
   Your total:

How many of the above questions did you respond with a 'Yes'?
Use the following scale to assess how technically prepared you are to complete an online course:

32 — 26: Excellent
More than likely you have the skills to participate in an online Web-Based or Web-Enhanced course.
25 — 21: Fair
You are lacking some necessary skills to complete online courses. Consider completing one or more basic computer courses or speak to an advisor prior to enrolling in an online course.
20 or less: Needs Improvement
You need to complete coursework, workshops, and/or tutorials to develop the required skills for completing web-based and/or web enhanced courses before you enroll in the courses.
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