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Know Your Hardware and Software
You will definitely need to be a skilled computer user as an online learner. If you are lacking in computer skills, you can learn how to operate your computer efficiently and use a variety of software through a free service offered by the HP Learning Center. This center offers numerous free online classes that include video and audio presentations, with transcripts, on Microsoft Office and Adobe products, programming and web design, PC maintenance solutions, graphic arts, and more. If you prefer, or need, a very basic explanation of hardware and software check out these videos from Technophobics Anonymous 101.
Of course, the institution you attend also will provide plenty of computer hardware- and software-related help.