It is expected that each student will take personal responsibility for developing the skills necessary to use basic computing applications.
The first step is to "know yourself." Whether you are new to computers or have been using them for years, you will want to assess your FGCU survival skills and be certain that you have mastered those tasks that are needed in your role as a student. This self-assessment survey takes 3 to 5 minutes to complete and will help you identify areas where you need to get help, and provide information on where help is available. After submitting your responses you will receive a score for each section and suggestions to help you master the skills necessary to succeed.
The Self-assessment survey is located at http://www.fgcu.edu/support/techskills.html.
To assist you, each of the University's public computing labs have student lab assistants who can answer questions when you are on campus. You may also call (239) 590-7100 to make an appointment for personalized training.
In addition, a tutorial site for student support is available at http://www.fgcu.edu/support. It includes a variety of online tutorials and information for e-mail, web skills, library technology, and Microsoft Office products.
For more on Technology support and resources at FGCU, go to the FGCU Technology Resources webpage.
A computer with an internet connection, and the software necessary to use the Internet to communicate and access information/resources are fundamental to participating effectively as a distance learner.
FGCU's Computing Services department maintains a Student Computer Recommendation list at http://www.fgcu.edu/ComputingServices/computerspecs.html. Use this list to assess a computer that you own, or if you are considering the purchase of a new computer.
If you are considering the purchase of a new computer, shop and compare among the name brands. Educate yourself and become a smart shopper. The key features to compare are:
We advise you to conduct a browser test on your computer by going to http://www.fgcu.edu/support/browser/.
An Internet Service account is needed. Options include Cable (check with your local cable provider), DSL (check with your local phone service provider), Dial-up, and Dish/Satellite. Compare services and prices.
Microsoft Office is the standard software used in conjunction with all FGCU courses. When purchasing a new computer, some vendors bundle Microsoft Office with the computer.
The bookstore carries the version currently being used and offers educational discounts to students. Special software may be required for a course. Search for your course(s) in the Online Course Syllabus at http://admin.fgcu.edu/is/applications/schedule/schedule.aspx to see what text book, software, or other materials may be required. The instructor for the course and the bookstore can also provide this information.
When you become and FGCU student, an FGCU Student E-Mail account is established for you. Instructions for activating and using your Email account can be found at http://www.fgcu.edu/support/email.html.