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Technical Requirements and Skills for Online Courses

Students in online classes should be familiar the World Wide Web. Additional requirements may be identified by the instructor for each individual class.  For some courses, older or different systems may be acceptable; check individual class web pages for this information. Listed below are requirements to help you succeed in an online course.

  • Computer: Pentium-class processor
  • Communications: 28,800 or faster modem
  • Web Browser: Netscape Navigator 6+ or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5+
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP): If you do not currently have access to the Internet from home, check your local telephone directory or ask your friends about Internet Service Providers in your area.
  • Word Processing Software: Check with your instructor to determine if specific software is needed for your course.
  • Word Processing Experience: You should have minimally proficient word processing skills, including basic keyboarding skills.
    Email Access and Experience:
    • Online students must have sufficient email and Internet access to do all class activities on schedule. Students are responsible for finding alternative resources when necessary.
    • You should check the class Web site and your email daily.
    • You must be able to perform the following email functions:
      • Check for and access new email
      • Save copies of all incoming mail for your records
      • Send email and save a copy of all outgoing mail for your records
      • Send, receive, read, and save attachments to email.
      • Print email messages and file attachments.
  • Virus Scanning Software: You should have up-to-date virus scanning software such as Norton Anti-Virus or McAfee on your computer, and you need to keep your virus data files current. If you send the instructor a document infected with a computer virus, the instructor will have to delete the document and will be unable to grade your work.

Last updated: 3/30/2012 1:20:18 PM