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To be successful in an online course, students need to know how to use the computer. However, students need to have more than just a good set of digital skills and be able to cruise the internet. Students should also:

  • Be able to do word processing.
  • Know how to use the Thesaurus and spell check.
  • Know how to save files, find them after they’re saved, and save them in different formats.
  • Have an understanding of Internet technologies, such as search engines, browsers, browser plug-ins (PDF, QuickTime, Real Audio), html, and FTP.

However, the most important characteristic of a successful student is self-motivation.