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We realize that not everyone comes to online courses with the same level of knowledge or understanding.  The purpose of the DE Academic Competencies provided below are to be a source of basic information and to assist all students.  Depending on your level of computer familiarity and academic skills it may be very redundant or very helpful!

Distance Education 101


Basic Computer Skills  (top)

The information provided are basic computer skills necessary for success in an online distance education course.
Determining Software Versions Resetting Your ECU Passphrase
Determining the Size of Files Search Engines
Mac vs. PC Tracking Changes


Basic Blackboard Skills  (top)

The information provided are basic Blackboard skills necessary for success in an online distance education course.
What is the Content Area?
How to Send an Email through Blackboard
Working with Groups
Communicating through Discussion Board
Submitting Assignments using the Assignment Tool


Basic Library Skills  (top)

This review can be used to refresh your knowledge about library resources.
Resources Available through Laupus Library


Basic Writing Skills  (top)

This presentation offers instruction on how to access the OWL at Perdue University and complete the reading on basic academic writing.
Accessing the Basic Writing Skills through the OWL (adobe file)
Creating a Thesis Statement
Paragraphs & Paragraphing
Starting the Writing Process

 


Basic Knowledge on Avoiding Plagiarism  (top)

This presentation offers instruction on how to access the OWL at Perdue University and gain valuable knowledge on avoiding plagiarism in your writing.
Accessing Some Basic Knowledge on Avoiding Plagiarism through the OWL (Adobe File)
Avoiding Plagirism

 


Basic APA Format Skills  (top)

This presentation offers information that is basic to the writing of papers and citing references.
Basic APA Formatting