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Adult Basic Skill, GDP & EDP

ABE Online Courses

Online Course Information

What is an online course?

In an online course, course instruction, learning activites, and interactions between faculty and students take place online on a course Web site.

Online courses are conducted over the Internet and typically do not have regular meetings in a physical space.  Students need Windows 95 or above and a PC or Macintosh with at least a 14.4 modem, an Internet service provider, and a web browser.  Course materials are available online at a dedicated course website.  Class activites, including most instructor/student communications, are conducted via the course website.

Some online courses have required on-campus orientation sessions and a few online courses meet from one to four times per semester for up to 12 hours total for review sessions or other class activities.

What technical or computer skills do I need to take an online course?

  • how to operate a word processing program, preferably Microsoft Word,
  • how to type,
  • how to send email,
  • how to use a discussion board,
  • how to do basic downloads from the internet, and
  • how to attach files.

You may also need to know, or learn:

  • how to follow instructions for updating your browser,
  • how to download and install special plug-ins.

Online course Instructions

1.  Click on the following link to ensure you have the system requirements necessary to take an online course.

Information about On-line Learning

Will I have to come to campus to take tests or attend classes?

You may.  Some courses are delivered entirely at a distance.  Others may require a pre & post test, orientation plus any scheduled classes.



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