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 i7
  • RAM – 16 GB or better
  • Hard Drive – 500 GB or better
  • Internet Connection – High Speed DSL or Cable Modem
 
  • Operating System – Windows 7
  • Processor – Intel Core i5
  • RAM – 8 GB or better
  • Hard Drive – 250 GB or better
  • Internet Connection – High Speed DSL or Cable Modem
 
Macintosh:
Recommended Minimum  
 
  • Operating System – macOS High Sierra
  • Processor – Any Intel based system
  • RAM – 16 GB or better
  • Hard Drive – 500 GB or better
  • Internet Connection – High Speed DSL or Cable Modem
 
  • Operating System – macOS 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 
 

We do not recommend solely using tablets/iPads for participation in online courses. They are generally underpowered and may lack access to programs needed to successfully complete an online course.

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

 
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