Getting Started

Assessing Your Needs

Embarking on any educational program means making decisions about how you will learn as well as what you want to learn.
To be a successful online learner, all you need is:

  • To be self-motivated. It takes time to complete a course.
  • To be goal-oriented. Your objectives must include course completion.
  • To be self-disciplined. Online learning means setting a study schedule and managing your time effectively on your own.
  • To be committed. You will need to devote the stated number of hours for each course.
  • To be comfortable with technology. While you don’t need to be a computer expert, you should be comfortable with using the Internet and following written instructions on how to access or download different software programs.

Technical Requirements

‘To Learn Online’ has been developed to accommodate the most basic technical requirements, however, there are some issues you need to know:

Here are the minimum recommended technology requirements for taking an online course:

  • ‘To Learn Online’ is not currently designed for MacIntosh Computers
  • Minimum Operating system – Windows XP or higher
  • Minimum 32 MB of RAM
  • Minimum Display – 256 colour or higher
  • Sound card Speakers
  • An Internet connection speed of 28.8 kbps or higher
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
  • Word processing program – Word or WordPerfect compatibility
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher

You must turn pop-up blocking off. This needs to be done in the web browser as well as in any third-party toolbars such as Google or Yahoo. If you need assistance with this, or have questions about whether your computer meets these requirements, please contact technical support at and we will be happy to help you.