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Req'd Skills & Technology

If you have never taken an online class before, start with this Is eLearning for Me?  self-diagnostic tool. You may notice that although it is geared towards the WAOL (Washington Online) student, it's really good all-around information for all online students. It will help you understand what eLearning is, and if it is a good choice for you. You may also wish to speak to an Advisor, regarding your options: advisorsouth@seattlecolleges.edu


Online learning requires students have the necessary skills to learn online and complete their online assignments. Before you take any online class, you should be confident about your computer and study skills. Please be aware that eLearning staff cannot teach you how to use your computer or navigate the Internet.

          Review the following list of requirements to assess your readiness to take online classes.
    • I know how to connect to the Web using a web browser. Recommended browsers: Current version of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (IE is NOT recommended)
    • I can navigate around the Web and know how to use search engines.
    • I know how to send and receive e-mail using the e-mail system of my choice.
    • I know how to do basic word processing, including cutting and pasting.
    • I know how to open, save, download, upload, and manage files.
    • I have access to a computer 5-7 days per week.
    • The computer I will use meets the basic requirements for online classes.
    • I have 12 to 15 hours a week to work on each online class.
    • I can motivate myself to log in to the virtual classroom at least 5 days a week.
    • I will read the syllabus and print it out!
    • I have good reading comprehension and written communication skills, and I enjoy communicating in writing.
    • I enjoy figuring things out on my own but am able to ask for help when I need it. 
    • I understand that working online may at times be frustrating due to technical issues I may have. I have a computer back-up plan and keep copies of my work, assignments, quiz answers, and grades!
    • I am willing to participate in online lessons, research and discussion forums.     
You will need access to a computer and Internet access 5 out of 7 days a week for a total of 12 or more hours a week for each five-credit class. You can use more than one computer (home, work, and school) in fact, it's a good idea to have a backup computer.
A smartphone or tablet will access course materials and quizzes but may not be as optimal an experience as a keyboard-based computer or hybrid tablet.

SYSTEMS NEEDED to take an online class
Most of our Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as CANVAS, GA4E and others require the following using the newest version:
    • Microsoft Windows, Macintosh OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser
    • Latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (IE is NOT recommended) 
    • Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or higher
    • JavaScript and AJAX enabled; Pop-Up blocking disabled
    • Flash (browser plug-in) http://get.adobe.come/flashplayer/
    • Presenters (LIVE – Desktop Sharing Presenter Mode) must use a Windows Operating System
All students must have a current and accessible email account for online classes, on file with the campus.
Not sure which email account is listed with South? Confirm your student contact info:

New Students have a free South Campus email account created by eLearning staff within a day or two of registration.
Web-based classes involve sharing, uploading, and downloading software that, when infected with viruses, might be harmful to the entire system. Therefore, some simple actions will be required from you in order to prevent computer viruses and other forms of destructive software. Computer viruses can cause damage to your computer and the files stored in it. If you send a file with a virus to someone else in your class, that person's computer may become "infected" as well. Anti-virus software is available to help protect your computer.
You can find both a free version and a full commercial version by visiting http://www.mcafee.com
Visit WAOL's Computer Virus Information page to learn more http://www.waol.org/general_info/virus.aspx

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