Chapter 2Your Online Learning Toolkit

May you have 1,000 backups and never need one.

—David Lerner, the owner of Tekserve, a well-known computer retailer, in New York City

When you take on-site courses, you go to a building, find the classroom and take a seat. As a student, the school’s expectation is that you bring yourself, and have a way of taking notes—whether it’s pen and paper, a laptop, or tablet. Compare this familiar approach to online, where your computing devices and network connection form essential parts of the digital classroom. Though the requirements for online learning are more sophisticated, they are easy to meet. In this chapter we offer advice on getting the right gear for learning online, from making sure you have a modern ...

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