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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Tech Every Distance Learning Student Needs

Now that you’ve signed up to earn your online business administration degree there’s no doubt that you are excited to get started. Before your courses get started, it’s a good idea to take a little time and make sure you’ve got all the tech gadgets and items you’ll need to ensure your success in the program.

Understandably, you’ve got lots on your mind at the moment, which is exactly why we’ve put together a list you can refer to. These are the most common tech items students enrolled in online business programs will need/want.

A Good Quality Computer with Access to High-Speed Internet
The top item you’re going to need is a computer/laptop to work on. If you have a tablet or one of the ever popular notebooks, it likely won’t be enough for online learning. You need speed and storage space, plus a keyboard to work with. Ideally a laptop or small desktop is best.

At the same time, your computer needs access to high-speed reliable internet. Some programs include real-time classes that you will be taking part in. You don’t want to be dealing with lag as you try to learn.

A Printer
The need for a printer is something many students end up overlooking. They assume they are learning and working online. Therefore there is no need for anything else. This isn’t exactly true. There will be times you’ll need to print material for studying, reference, and just your own purposes. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a printer and pick the one with all the bells and whistles. Just look for a mid-range one that is relatively cheap when it comes to refilling the ink.

Microphones, Headsets, and Web Cams
Some courses may require you to take part in video chats, either with the professor or with other students. If this is the case, you will need to make sure your computer is equipped with the necessary audio and video technology, or you will have to buy them to connect to your USB port.

An External Hard Drive
Think of an external hard drive as your insurance. It provides you with an easy and quick way to backup all of your documents and files, so if something should happen to your computer or laptop, you won't lose all of your work. It’s a good idea to backup files often; daily even. This helps to keep the storage space on your computer clear, which will allow it to work faster and more efficiently.
Apps Related to your Course, Program, or School

Some schools have created their own apps meant to help students with their studying. You’ll want to see if this applies to your school so you can get yourself all set up before the courses begin.

Ready to Begin
While online business courses certainly make studying easier and more convenient, there are still some tech items you’ll want to be sure you have on hand so that you can excel and get the most out of your experience.
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