Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

Suggested computer configurations for best accessibility to distance ed courses and for those courses using Canvas Learning System:

  • Pentium computer - 2Ghz processor
  • Windows XP or Windows 7 - current updates installed
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Video display 1024 x 768
  • DVD drive
  • 15 GB of free hard drive space
  • Capable of sound (with internal or external speakers)
  • Flash drive to save your work
  • Internet Explorer 9 and Mozilla Firefox 8
  • Cable modem or DSL high speed Internet
  • Pop-up blocker disabled
  • Cookies enabled, medium security setting
  • Web cam and microphone are recommended; required for some courses
  • If a personal firewall is enabled on the home computer, make sure it allows video through to the computer

Suggested software applications for distance ed courses:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 – Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Some computer courses may also require the Access database program
  • Windows Media Player 10
  • Java
  • Active X enabled
  • Current virus scanning software
  • Some computer courses may also require Microsoft Access

Additional Free Applications which are needed:

Technical Skills Needed to be successful in a distance ed course:

  • Ability to use send and receive email, with attachments, using the campus email system.
  • Ability to use Windows operating system
  • Ability to navigate your computer's desktop
  • Ability to use the mouse
  • Ability to connect to the Internet
  • Ability to use a web browser such as Internet Explorer 7.0+ or Firefox
  • Ability to locate information on the Internet by searching
  • Ability to use the keyboard and word processing software
  • Ability to save files onto a floppy disk
  • Ability to use virus scanning software
  • Ability to find files located on another drive (such as on your hard drive or a flash drive)
  • Ability to save files in different file formats or types (such as saving a Works file as Word 6.0, OR as .rtf file, OR saving a spreadsheet as an .xls spreadsheet)