If you’re reading this webpage, I already know a couple things about you: You know how to turn your computer on, get connected to the Internet, open a browser, and either do a search or type in a URL. That’s good, because these are some of the basic skills you need to have in order to get an online college degree.

In addition to these basic fundamentals some other helpful things to know before seeking an online college degree is how to send and receive e-mails as well as know how to attach documents, how to type in a little more advanced fashion and the one finger approach, how to take care for the maintenance of your computer including how to operate your computer’s virus software, how to create folders, to operate basic software by a word processor, spreadsheet program and PowerPoint software, as well as how to create and save documents .

Those are some of the skills here are some of the technologies you’ll need to put in place before seeking an online college degree.

Hardware

Almost computers nowadays will come equipped with everything you need to get started with your online college degree you want to briefly check just to make sure you have some of the most basics. Of course you need a computer which is gonna include a monitor or keyboard and mouse. In addition to that your Internet connection speed can accelerate or impede your progress in online classes, so make sure it’s a good one.

Some computers come with just the basics, which typically includes speakers, but if you received an old computer from a friend you may have gotten gypped on the speakers. Speakers typically don’t cost that much if you need to purchase them. You could probably find a good set at a local thrift store.

While many documents are stored and transferred electronically nowadays, a printer is still a good thing to have. There will be times where you want to print off reading material to take with you when lugging around a computer would be inconvenient. You may also have a teacher who requests that you print off certain things any number of reasons.

Lastly, while not all programs will require you to have this, a headset with the ability to speak through a microphone can be handy. Even if it’s not required you may use a headset with a voice to text program in order to more quickly create your documents.

Software

You’re reading this so you’ve got a browser, but just as a personal preference, if you’re not using Mozilla Firefox I’d suggest you give it a whirl. I like Firefox because of its safety features. However keep in mind that some websites are designed for specific browsers. Your online classes may require that you use Internet Explorer in some instances, so it’s good to have both browsers available. Firefox is a free download. Just do a search in Google and you’ll find the most up-to-date version.

Next, an office or Word-processing software is going to be essential. If your computer doesn’t come with Microsoft’s office, you may be able to find a discounted student version. You can also download and install OpenOffice for free. Both OpenOffice and Microsoft Office come with the basic programs you’ll need for your online classes: a word processor, a presentation software and a spreadsheet software are the basics.

These basics are just that, basics. You need more than this to succeed, but hey it’s a start.

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