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Essential Pre-Blackboard Skills for Faculty
To start working
with Blackboard, at the most
basic level, it is highly recommended that faculty are already
comfortable with the following computer skills. The table below
provides the most essential technology competencies recommended for
faculty who wish to use Blackboard.
Chances are, you have a computer literate friend, relative, or
colleague who could help you become familiar with most of the
skills below over the course of a few meetings. Many people prefer
the "one-to-one" approach when getting started learning to use
technology. You might also start out by contacting the educational
technology or distance learning staff at your college to see if they
have anyone who can help, or ask if your college has faculty
Additionally, check out your college's Continuing Education
courses to find keyboarding or other computer courses that might
fit your schedule.
The table below lists some of the most essential skills, as well
as links to quick tutorials and reference websites, which can help
you get started.
|Basic Computer Skils
|Using the mouse and keyboard
- Comfortable with the mouse and the use of single-click,
double-click and right-click.
- Comfortable and efficient with keyboarding skills.
Learning to Use the Mouse (3 mins)
About the Mouse
About the Keyboard
|Operating system interface
- Open multiple windows using operating system software
(e.g. Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder).
- Minimize and maximize windows, and move and resize
Utilize built-in Help system of operating system
and appropriate applications.
|Working with Windows: Basic Concepts
Desktop fundamentals in Windows XP
Desktop Fundamentals in Windows
Windows 7 Tutorials
- Change your monitor's display resolution settings.
|Change monitor display resolution
|File and folder management tasks
- Open, save, name (and rename), print, and delete files.
- Saving a file as a different file type (such as .rtf or
- Explain the difference between the Save and Save As
- Create, name (and rename) folders.
- Organize files and folders (including subfolders) into
an efficient structure for workflow and backup purposes.
- Move and/or copy files and folders using drag and drop
and/or copy and paste.
- Search for files in various locations on PC or network
- Recognize and use common icons, windows, menus, and file
extensions (e.g. .doc, .xls, .ppt, .txt, .htm)
|Working with Files & Folders in Windows
XP: Using "Windows Explorer"
Searching for Files & Folders in Windows
How to Create and Rename Folders in Windows
FileWorking with Files & Folders in Windows
|Using the Internet
- Use an Internet web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer,
Mozilla FireFox, Netscape, Safari) to explore the Web for
content and information.
- Enter the address of an Internet site and connect to
that site, or copy and paste a web address into a web
- Utilize a search engine (e.g. Google, Yahoo) effectively
to find websites on various topics.
|Exploring the Internet
|Download and install required plug-ins or helper applications
- Navigate to a website that contains links to download
helper applications and plug-ins that enhance functionality
or provide access to specific types of content (for example,
- Follow the instructions provided that will enable you to
download and then install the plug-in or helper app on your
Flash Player is a commonly plug-in used by both
instructors and students; it enables users to view and
interact with rich multimedia content in Flash format.
|Open PDF Files with Adobe Reader
- "PDF" stands for "Portable Document Format". The PDF
file format is one of the most widely used file formats on
the Internet. It used for document-sharing on thousands of
- The Adobe software company created the program, which is
available as a free download from Adobe's website: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
- Once a computer user downloads and installs Adobe Reader
on their computer (it can be installed on Macs, Windows PCs,
and computers with other operating systems, as well), they
can open any PDF document.
Adobe PDF (Word format)
Adobe PDF files
If you can open
this file, you have Adobe Reader installed on your
- If you are a CT Community College faculty member
in our system you should already know how to access
your college email account via Outlook Web Access (OWA) in
order to communicate with students and receive messages from
within the college community. This can be accomplished by
logging into your email via myCommNet or by accessing OWA
It is strongly recommended that you communicate
with your students using your college email account, rather
than through a personal email account.
- Use an email program to create, open, reply, and forward
messages and organize messages into folders.
- Open an attachment, and add a file as an attachment to
an e-mail message that you create.
|Access your college email through Outlook Web
|Word processing skills
- Use the Save As command to save word processing files as
different file types to compensate for software version
- Enter, edit, select, delete, copy and paste, and move
text in a document.
- Utilize spelling and grammar checking tools.
Office 2007 Overview video
Office 2007 Resources
Office 2010 Tutorials
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