Technology Requirements for Students

High-Speed Internet Connection

Students should have a reliable Internet Service Provider with speeds suitable for streaming video and accessing large files. These speeds are most often delivered by cable, DSL, or satellite. Dial-up connections are not acceptable due to their low speed. Preferred High Speed Internet (Cable or DSL type with minimum of 768Kb/s download speed) You can use http://www.speedtest.net and click on begin test to find out your Internet speed Be careful when using public wireless connections as any non-encrypted confidential data may be visible to others . Please make sure that any website on which you submit assignments or enter usernames and passwords starts with https in front of the web address.

Software and Hardware

Students can use either Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, or OpenOffice. However, assignments should be submitted only in Microsoft Office compatible formats. Students should always check with their instructors concerning acceptable formats before submitting assignments. PDF reader, functioning web camera, microphone and speakers/headphones are required.

Supported Web Browsers and Required Plugins

PC Recommended Configuration

  • OS – Any edition of Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
  • Processor – 2.0 GHz or higher.
  • RAM – 2Gb or higher.
  • Browser – Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Firefox 10 or higher, Google Chrome. Adobe Flash 10 or higher must be installed and JavaScript must be enabled.

Mac Recommended Configuration

  • OS – OSX 10.5 or higher.
  • Processor – 2.0 GHz or higher.
  • RAM – 2Gb or higher.
  • Browser – Safari 5 or higher, Firefox 10 or higher, Google Chrome. Adobe Flash 10 or higher must be installed and JavaScript must be enabled.

Mobile Devices

Some College resources are available via smartphones and tablets.  Please note: Mobile devices will not be able to complete all course requirements.  Students will still need regular access to a computer.