Access to and on-going use of a computer is required for all students. Competency in the basic use of a computer is required. Course work and webinar attendance will require use of a computer and a broadband connection to the internet. Official university correspondence is often sent via e-mail and other services are provided that require access through the Internet.
Suggested Hardware Requirements
- Intel Core i3 2.2Ghz
- 4GB of RAM or more
- 256 Gigabyte Hard Drive or higher
- DVD-R/RW Drive
- USB ports (at least 2)
- WiFi wireless networking on laptops
- Sound card, and speakers or headphones
- 1024 by 768 or higher resolution monitor
- 100mbit or 1Gbit Ethernet Adapter for Broadband
- Broadband connection to the Internet and related equipment (Generally supplied by the service provider). Cable or DSL highly recommended.
Because Windows 7 is the most widely supported operating system, it is currently recommended.
The Home basic and starter versions of Windows 7 not recommended.
- Office suite (provided by the university)
- Antivirus (Microsoft Security Essentials recommended)
- Updated Java and Flash
- Firefox browser
- A media player
Apple Macintosh Computers running Windows 7
Late model Macs have the ability to run Windows 7 natively, either on a separate partition of the hard drive or in a virtual machine. Students planning on installing Windows 7 on their Macs should be aware that this will take up a minimum of 30GB of space or a recommended 60GB and should purchase a hard drive with this in mind. Once Windows 7 is installed the OSX disk that came with your Mac contains all the necessary drivers and applications to allow for Windows 7 to function properly with your hardware.
A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.