An online student should be comfortable with computers and navigating the Internet. This includes the ability to complete tasks such as creating, moving, and copying files; installing software, surfing the web with Internet Explorer or Netscape, sending and receiving email, and using various software programs.
Since the computer is the primary interface used in online instruction, it is necessary for the student to own, or have access to, a computer that meets certain technical specifications. The minimum computer requirements listed below will allow the student to participate in most facets of online courses. Online students should check with the specific program and/or course for additional requirements.
Minimum Computer Requirements
- PC users: Any PC you can update through Internet Explorer via any internet connection
- MAC and LINUX users: Thoroughly test your browser for Blackboard compatibility before enrolling in online courses. See the Blackboard website for information about specific browsers.
- Access to the Internet via 56K Modem or High Speed Cable/DSL (may be required for some courses)
- Must have the ability to run the recommended software below.
Certain courses may require specialized software for completing coursework. While this will vary between courses, the software packages listed below are usually necessary for any online course.
- Word processor such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or Open Office Write (you need to know how to save your files as .rtf (rich text format) (free Word viewer download)
- PowerPoint viewer (free PowerPoint viewer download)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader for reading PDF files (free download)
- Adobe Flash player for playing Flash files (free download)
- Video players such as
In order to communicate with your instructor, submit coursework, research online resources, and correspond with other class members, you will need reliable Internet connectivity, a web browser for viewing relevant web sites, and an email program capable of sending and receiving email with attachments.
- Internet Service Provider (preferably high speed with unlimited monthly access)
- An e-mail program capable of sending and receiving e-mail and file attachments.
The online student must also be aware of the many problems associated with using computers. This often requires great patience and some degree of flexibility. The ability to troubleshoot problems with equipment such as printers, modems, and cable hookups is highly recommended.
For more information, please contact Distance Learning Department, 505-428-1166, firstname.lastname@example.org.