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Tech Check

Dealing with technology always requires a degree of flexibility.  Aside from the personal characteristics that will lead to your success, some courses may test your technical skills. 

Recommended Basic Technical Skills

  • Ability to type approximately 30 words per minute.
  • Understanding of basic file management, including the ability to create, save, move, copy, and attach word processing documents.
  • Knowledge of basic Internet navigation using a standard Web browser.
  • Ability to use the IVCC student email account.
  • Want to be certain you have the skills you need for college success?  Take the Basic Computer Skills Inventory at the Assessment Center.  Call 815-224-0542 for an appointment.

Technology requirements

  • Regular access (3-5 days per week) to a reliable computer connected to the Internet.
  • A source to print course documents (optional, but recommended)

Software Requirements

  • Internet browsers, like Firefox and Internet Explorer  See Browser Requirements and Settings  
  • Adobe Reader
  • A word processing application (Word, Word Perfect, Open Office) capable of saving a file in Rich Text Format (.rtf).
  • Other course specific software

Other useful software

  • Windows Media Player
  • RealPlayer
  • Quicktime
  • PowerPoint Viewer
  • Word Viewer

The Student Help Desk maintains a list of Suggested Software.