6 Develop your technical skills

Learning Objectives

By the time you finish this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Identify the computer skills that will support your success as a KPU student
  • Plan to develop your skills before you begin your study program

KPU aims to support students in developing 21st Century Skills.  This means that most of your classes will require you use information technology to complete your course work and assignments.  You will usually be required to submit typed, rather than handwritten, assignments. Common required skills include:

  • Touch-typing (typing quickly and efficiently on a computer keyboard).
  • Formatting documents in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Creating blog posts and electronic portfolios using online software.
  • Making notes on online documents.
  • Using email to contact instructors and other KPU professionals.

You will find your transition to KPU easier if you are able to acquire some of these skills before you arrive.  You will also want to decide if you want to purchase a laptop or tablet/keyboard.  Computers are available for you to use on campus, but many students find it easier to manage their time if they are able to work on a personal device at home.  KPU students have free access to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on your own personal device, so there is no need to purchase this software.

How to Learn

There are many free online tutorials to help you develop your skills with information technology.  Below you will find a few places to start.

Getting Connected

Once you are a KPU student, KPU will communicate with you via your KPU email address.  Be sure to log in and begin using this address as soon as you receive it.  You will receive important information from the university and from your instructors at this address.

Each one of your courses will also have a course website that uses software called Moodle.  You will find your course websites by logging into courses.kpu.ca.  It is important to do this before classes start and in the first week of the semester so that you don’t miss important information about your course.



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