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Taking Online Classes - Skills To Help You Succeed

Learn skills fundamental to using your computer well. Learn how to successfully take online courses.
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8,042 students enrolled
Created by Todd McLeod
Last updated 12/2014
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Learn basic computer skills
Learn how to succesfully take an online course
Learn from a Microsoft Certified Master Instructor with over 15 years of experience teaching individuals of all ability levels
Presented with high-quality video lectures, this course will show you how to easily do things on your computer
Lifetime access to this class allows you to easily review material and continue learning new material
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  • You know everything you need to know to start this course!

This course is for the benefit of everyone. If financial constraints prevent you from enrolling, simply send me a message and I will give you access to all of my courses for free.

This training will give you the fundamental skills necessary to take online courses well and use computers well. This course is designed for individuals who are just getting started with computers. This course will show you basic computer skills. This course is also designed for people who want to know how to get the most out of online courses.

With high-quality video lectures, you will learn all of the following about using your computer:

  • Learn how to copy and paste
  • Learn how to use undo and redo
  • Learn how to use "find" to quickly locate information
  • Learn how to take screenshots
  • Learn how to view your computer's properties
  • Learn how CC & BCC are used for in email
  • Learn how to use email attachments
  • Learn how to use Google drive
  • Learn how to use a Google calendar to manage your time
  • Learn how to successfully take classes online

This class is guaranteed to teach you fundamental skills for using your computer. Once enrolled, you will have access to this course for the rest of your life. You will always be able to come back to this class to review material or to learn new material. Try this course for yourself and see how quickly and easily you too can learn to more effectively use your computer.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for beginners
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 31 Lectures Collapse All 31 Lectures 01:39:19
1 Lecture 01:47

This course will teach you essential computer skills. In addition, you will learn skills which will help you when taking online courses.

Learning Online
7 Lectures 37:28

This is one of my FAVORITE THINGS EVER. You absolutely need to know how to take screenshots.

Taking Screenshots

To take online courses you need to have the appropriate expectations and good self-discipline.

Required Skills of Online Students

Education is very highly correlated with financial success. Here is some motivation for you - hopefully it will insipre you to continue with your education!

The Importance of Education

Managing your time well is essential to being successful. This video will detail the importance of good time management.

Good Time Management

Knowing what is expected of you in a course is essential to doing well in that course. This is something that is often overlooked by students. It is something that is important.

Understanding Online Courses

Understanding how to prioritize is essential to being successful.

Making Better Choices

Right clicking is an essential computer skill. Some people are not aware of it, and most of us forget about it at one time or another.

The Power of Right Clicking

This quiz will help reinforce the concepts you learned in this section.

Section 2 Review
6 questions
Communicate Well
6 Lectures 14:37

Here is how you send an attachment via email!

Email Attachments

Understanding the difference between CC & BCC is essential when sending email. This video will show you what CC & BCC are and how you use them!

Understanding CC & BCC

When it comes to email ettiquette, you have to be careful how you reply to emails and how you forward emails.

Email Reply & Forwarding

Email etiquette also dictates that you shouldn't capitalize your text in emails.

Email Capitalization

There is no "unsend" with email. Because of this, it's important to always make sure you really want to send an email before you send it. You should never send an email when you're angry.

No 'Unsend' With Email

Posting to discussions is something that is often done in online courses. If you're taking an online class with discussions, this video will help you understand this process.

Posting To Discussions

This quiz will help reinforce what you learned in this section.

Section 3 Review
3 questions
Understanding Computers
2 Lectures 06:00

This video will show you how to access your computer's properties.

Your Computer's Properties

This video will help you understand the role browsers play when viewing web pages.

Understanding Browsers
Hands-On Skills
6 Lectures 12:18

Copying & Pasting is an essential skill necessary for using computers well.

Copy - Paste

Undo & Redo allow you to undo or redo something in your computer. You can often access these commands using shortcut keys.

Undo - Redo

You can quickly find things on your screen using the "find" feature.


Good file organization is important when using your computer.

File Management

If you've deleted a file, this video will show you how to recover it.

File Recovery

Back-ups are essential. If you have a backup, losing a file will not present a problem.


This quiz will reinforce what you have learned in this section.

Review Section 5
5 questions
Essential Skills
3 Lectures 09:38

Google offers amazing services. You need to have a Google account.

Your Google Account

Having goals is important to succeeding.

Your Goals

Having a calendar helps you manage your time well.

Your Calendar

This quiz will reinforce what you have learned in this section.

Section 6 Review
2 questions
Essential Resources
4 Lectures 13:26

Here are some great online learning resources!

Online Learning Resources

Here are some tips to help keep yourself safe online!

Keep Yourself Safe Online

Here are some helpful resources!

Helpful Resources

This book will detail, in greater depth, things you can do in your life to be more successful.

Free Book
Final Reflection
1 Lecture 02:41

This video offers a review of what you have learned in this course!

What You Learned
1 Lecture 01:24

Come take my other classes!

Take my other courses
About the Instructor
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116,429 Students
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Faculty in Computer Science and Computer Information Tech

I am passionate about helping others learn and improve their lives. The courses offered under my account are courses taught by myself, along with courses I helped friends create. As for my credentials, I am tenured faculty in Computer Information Technology at Fresno City College. I have also served as adjunct faculty in Computer Science at California State University, Fresno. I began programming in 1996. I began teaching programming in 2001. My area of expertise is web programming, the Go programming language, and online education. I have taught over 560,000 students online how to build websites and use the Go programming language. Follow me on Twitter to stay current @Todd_McLeod 

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