Requirements

Minimum & Recommended Computer Requirements 
 

In order to take an online course, there are certain requirements that you need to consider. You will need: 
 

  1. Access to a computer (Windows or Macintosh)
  2. Access to the Internet
  3. An Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Safari)

You may need: 
 

  1. Webcam & Microphone - Some courses may have interactive video and/or audio chats
  2. Mobile Device or Tablet - Some courses may require the use of an iPad for instructional activities (See note at the bottom of this section).
     

Since online courses are based on technology, you should have access to a reasonably new computer. A general rule is that if your computer is fewer than two years old, it will fit the requirements for taking an online course. Specific (minimum & recommended) requirements are listed below:

Windows:
 

Recommended          
 
Minimum
  • Operating System – Windows 10
  • Processor – Intel Core i5
  • RAM – 8 GB or better
  • Hard Drive – 250 GB or better
  • Internet Connection – High Speed DSL or Cable Modem
 
  • Operating System – Windows 7
  • Processor – Intel Core i3
  • RAM – 4 GB or better
  • Hard Drive – 100 GB or better
  • Internet Connection – High Speed DSL or Cable Modem
 
Macintosh: 

Recommended Minimum  
 
  • Operating System – Mac OS Sierra or better
  • Processor – Any Intel based system
  • RAM – 8 GB or better
  • Hard Drive – 250 GB or better
  • Internet Connection – High Speed DSL or Cable Modem
 
  • Operating System – Mac OS Yosemite or better
  • Processor – Any Intel based system
  •  RAM – 4 GB or better
  •  Hard Drive – 100 GB or better
  •  Internet Connection – High Speed DSL or Cable Modem 
 

We do not recommend netbooks for participation in online courses.  These computers are generally underpowered for use of multimedia in many of the courses offered. 

We also do not recommend using Linux based systems as some media may not be compatible with this operating system.  

 
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