Online Learning Tour

  • Use of a Web browser
  • Use of a standard word processor (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, or Word Perfect, for example)
  • Handling email, including sending email attachments
  • Understanding and respecting netiquette
  • Basic file management
  • Downloading software
  • Finding information on the Internet
  • Completing online forms

You don't have to be technologically savvy to take an online course. However, you must be comfortable with your system and be willing to deal with any problems that may arise. Hardware (and software) breaks down when you least expect it. 

To do well in an online course, you should be familiar with the following:

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This orientation was originally developed by Vivie Sinou as part of a grant from the Chancellor's Office, CA, 1999-00, and was adapted for Foothill College. The webpages were designed with ideas from Maricopa Center for Learning & InstructionIllinois Online Network, and input from members of the California Community College Distance Learning Consortium.