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Friday
Jan092009

Distance Learning Continued..., Your Work and Equipment

I aplogize to our online readers how I have dropped the ball on this one. Back in October ( see archives), I started this series and never finished it. So let's pick up where we left off. Today, I want to relate some key aspects to your online distance learning.

First, Look over your work.This is key for keeping your staying power online.
Second, ALWAYS check your work for grammatical and spelling errors. Most word processing programs can do both.
Third, follow whatever document formats and specs the instructor gives you. Which word processing program, font and font-size,etc. Make sure you check these out with your instructor. Usually they are posted and given to you in the introduction or some other place online. UMA spells them out in the welcome and introductions to the course work.

Fourth, have the right equipment. Know the minimum software and hardware requirements for your computer. Are there any specific programs you must have? Any online programs that are a part of the course work or in order for you and the instructor to stay in touch. Have one of the better anti-virus programs so that you are receiving or sending malicious viruses back and forth in your work. This can happen when uploading or downloading programs as well. PC's are more susceptible than are Apple/Mac computers but both can become infected.
Last but not least, check the speed of your internet connection. Some online courses only run properly with fast internet connections. If you need more details on your connection, check with your ISP (Internet Service Provider).

And if ever in doubt, your online course instructor or school should be able to help you out with any of these.

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