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Scoring for Computer Basics Section
A note about computer basics:

Owning your own computer is not a must, but it certainly will make your online distance learning experience less stressful.

Access to the Internet at least three times per week is imperative. Accessing your course more often will give you a greater chance of success and allow you more time for online class discussion.

A high speed Internet connection is not a necessity, but the faster connection you have access to, the faster the download and the easier online performance becomes.

Before enrolling into an online course, you should be familiar with the basic components of your system. To learn the basic sequence for turning the computer on and off, please see the tutorial at the following link: Directions for downloading programs/plug-ins/software from the Web are located at, near the bottom of the page.

Please total your points and see the scoring section below:
Q. # Yes No      
1a   5   3  
1b   5   3  
1c   3   1  
Q.# A B C D  
2    5   1   3  n/a  
3    1   3   5   0  
4    1    2   3   4   5
5a    1    2   3   4   5
5b    1    2   3   4   5
5c    1    2   3   4   5
Q.# Yes No  
   6    5    1      

35 - 45: You have an excellent start to becoming successful in online learning.
25 - 34: Online learning is an option for you. With a little bit of study, or better access to a computer, you should become successful in your online courses. A good start is to enroll in classes that are Web-enhanced (courses that meet on campus, but have a sizeable Web component).
14 - 24: Online courses may not be a good choice for you at this time. Review the area(s) in which you scored lowest, and improve the situation.  You may need to gain better access to a computer, or to the Internet; you may need to learn a little bit more about your computer's components; or you may need to review installation techniques.  To learn about installing software or programs on your computer, please see the tutorials here:

Computer basics