Applying for a Tellus membership is the first step in becoming a Tellus Contributor, so this is just the first of several steps that you will go through to become a contributor.
Before beginning your Tellus application, make sure you have the following:
- Your own working computer
- Computer headset
- Your own internet connection
- Gmail Account
- Skype Account
About That Computer
Almost any computer will do, but it should be a computer for your own personal use because there will be confidential material on the computer. If you don’t already have a computer, you can purchase a used PC (Windows 7 or better) relatively cheaply. We recommend PCs over Macs (PCs are cheaper than Macs for the same horsepower), and we recommend laptops over desktops. We would like you to have a computer with a camera built into it but that’s not really necessary.
About the Headset
You will be participating in online seminars during which you will be carrying on conversations over the internet with your instructors and fellow students. It is really important for you to have a headset because without a headset the background noise can be a real problem. You can get a cheap headset for just a few dollars at any office supply store.
The Internet Connection
If it is at all possible we would prefer that you do not try to work from a public location such as a public library or a Starbucks. The background noise in such places makes conversation difficult and they will throw you out of the library if you keep talking….and your computer talks back to you.
How to Get a Gmail Account
We use a number of Google products and the easiest way to use those products is with a Gmail account. If you already have a Gmail account, just skip this step.
Gmail is free for you. When you click on the link, a new window will open up. Apply for the Gmail account and them come back to this page. Click HERE to Get a Gmail account now.
HINT: Whenever you click on a page in this section, the new page will open in a separate window, and this page will remain open so that you won’t lose your place!
How to Get a Phone Number
If you already have a smart phone, great. Use that phone number. If you don’t have a smart phone, we recommend that you get one because we use smart phone features to unlock some of the services we offer. In the meantime, if you do not have a smart phone, you can get a working phone number from Skype. (See below.)
How to Get a Skype Account
Skype, in case you don’t already know, is a software program that allows you to have live conversations through your computer with other Skype users. We use Skype extensively in our online classes, so you really must have Skype installed on your machine.
Skype can get a little tricky, so follow these instructions carefully. When you click on the link to the Skype sign-up page (below), use your brand new Gmail address, invent a password that you can easily remember, UNCHECK the box that says you want Microsoft to send you promotional emails, then click on the next button to complete the process. Once you have your Skype account, you can obtain a free phone number….but that number will only work free of charge for incoming calls. An extra fee is required to make outgoing calls from that number. Click Here to Get Your Skype Account .