Normandale College Readiness Assessment Information
GPS stands for Goals, Plans, and Success! Find information and tools to help you plan your future Career, Education, Finance, Leadership and Personal planning needs. Explore these resources to learn more about your learning style; develop your study skills; manage your time; gain control of your personal finances, and much more. GPS home page
These links will help you to be a successful online student.
- College Reality Check
- Critical Thinking
- Internet Research Tips and Tutorials
- Learning Styles
- Online Learning Skills
- Reading Strategies
- Study Skills for College
- Time Management
- Writing for College
Technology Education: Online Exams and Courses
Would you like to improve your computer skills? These links will take you to an assessment of your Digital Literacy (computer-skills) and provide tutorials to help improve your computer skills to get you prepared to learn online. The links will also show you the non-credit technology courses available each semester and the credit courses that you could take. Talk to someone in the tutoring center if you need further help with D2L or computing skills.
Digital Literacy Definition
Normandale Community College defines Digital literacy as a basic understanding of the use of computers for gathering and using information as a part of daily life in college and the workforce. Students will leave the college with the ability to effectively use email, share files and documents, navigate the internet to find relevant information, present data in word processing and spreadsheet formats, and communicate with the use of their electronic information effectively in the workforce.
- Test Your Digital Literacy Skills
- Prepare for Digital Learning Training
- Online Computer and Technology courses
- CIM 1000 Keyboarding
- CIM 1201 Information Technology
Operating System Upgrades
Your computer uses what is called an operating system to access the software you use on your computer (word processing applications for example). Your various versions of operating systems have security and enhancement updates that may be needed to help your computer perform more efficiently. These links will take you to the latest updates for Windows and Apple personal computers.
If you are experiencing difficulties on your computer, you may need to upgrade your browser (how you view web pages, E for Mirosoft Explorer, orange globe with fox for Mozilla Firefox or the blue Compass for Mac Safari). These are links to the latest versions of each browser.
When you are accessing various web pages and web content, sometimes you need Flash, or Adobe Readers to get to content. These links are to the typical software needed for your computer to access content that will be used on the web and in your online classes.
- Anti-Virus Software Microsoft Security Essentials Free
- Adobe Reader (free)
- Adobe Flash Player (free)
- Quicktime Player Download
- Real Player Download (free)
- NVDA Free Screen Reader
Online Learning and Minnesota Learning Commons Information
Online learning staff and faculty participate in state-wide groups to provide better support and training for important issues such as accessible online content and digital literacy. These links take you to the workgroup site where you can get more information.