How To Get Started


To succeed in this course, you’ll need to know your computer, make sure the Internet browsers are up-to-date, and create your course profile.

Get to know your computer.

One key to success in online learning is developing a basic understanding of the most important tools you’ll need for this course: a computer and the Internet.

Being able to answer basic questions about your computer and software will help you experience course success, especially if you need to troubleshoot a problem.  Be able to answer the questions below:

  • What kind of device are you using? Example: IBM (also called PC, Windows), Mac, Chromebook, Android tablet, iPad, smartphone…something else?
  • What is the device’s operating system? Example: Windows 8, 7, Vista, Lion, Google Chrome, iOS, Android…other?
  • What Internet browser are you using? Example: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer…or something else?

Make sure Internet browsers are up-to-date.

To get the most out of your online experience, you’ll need to make sure your Internet browser is updated. Use the Is My Browser Up To Date site for a quick way to know whether or not your browser is up-to-date.

Need more tech knowledge?

Review these videos to help you learn more about digital literacy skills.

What is an operating system? 

Operating Systems with Shaun

Which web browser is the best? 


Why use Google Docs?