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Helpful Strategies and Tips: Technical Requirements and Skills

Submitted by on September 24, 2012 – 7:58 pmNo Comment

This post is part of the series Helpful Strategies and Tips: Designing an Online Course, which provides guidance through common challenges instructors face during online course development.

At the beginning of a course, students need to understand what technical skills they need to successfully interact with course components and complete course activities.

The “technical requirements and skills” page of  your course should include a list of supported browsers (i.e., Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 10), software (i.e., Adobe Flash, Java, Office), technical skills, and other technical requirements. The list should include links for students to download the latest compatible browsers and software.

By providing students this information, you meet QM 6.4: Students can readily access the technologies required in the course.

Example of technical requirements and skills page:

SampleLMS runs on most modern operating systems (i.e., Windows, Mac), or any modern Web browser. The SampleLMS mobile application may be used to access your institution’s courses through mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android device).

Compatible browsers

Other Browser Requirements

Skill Requirements

An Internet connection is necessary to participate in discussions and assignments, access readings, transfer course work, and receive feedback from your instructional associate and/or professor. For web-based courses, students should have a basic working knowledge of computers and Internet use as well as access to a computer with a broadband (DSL, cable, satellite) Internet connection. Other requirements for each course are listed in the university catalog.

At a minimum, you must have Microsoft Office 2003, XP, 2007 or OpenOffice. Microsoft Office is the standard office productivity software utilized by faculty, students, and staff. Microsoft Word is the standard word processing software, Microsoft Excel is the standard spreadsheet software, and Microsoft PowerPoint is the standard presentation software. Copying and pasting, along with attaching/uploading documents for assignment submission, will also be required.

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