- A Macintosh computer running OS 10 or higher, or a PC-compatible computer, running Windows 7 or higher;
- Microphone and speakers (or headset) providing Audio In and Out capability;
- Internet connection (56K modem, cable modem, or DSL), 2 GB of installed RAM (more RAM is strongly recommended on both platforms); If you are using a mobile connection (3G/4G then be aware that courses use multimedia elements (video; images; audio) which may exceed a typical monthly data plan.
- While we make every effort to make things accessible on all platforms, not all course content may be iPad friendly. If you encounter this please inform tech support or your instructor and we will try to convert it to something you may be able to access.
- QuickTime v10.0 or higher (Mac) or v7 (PC)– required for displaying multimedia Web content. A free version of QT can be downloaded from Apple;
- Flash Player — may be needed for some multimedia Web content. The latest version of the Player can be downloaded from Macromedia; Every effort is made to avoid Flash to make this course iPad accessible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader 11.0 or higher — useful for viewing some of the course documents. The Reader is a free download from Adobe; If you use an iPad, iPhone or Mac, this is not required for viewing.
- Web browser — FireFox v32 or higher, Chrome v37 or higher, Internet Explorer v9 or higher; can also be used to access online course materials. It is possible that under some conditions, browsers other than FireFox or Chrome may not provide full functionality. Safari is not recommended. If you use an iPad you may want to consider downloading the Chrome app.
- Web Conferencing Software — Typically we will be using the Link in the course if we need to connect for Virtual sessions. Other options may include: Google Hangout, Skype, Mikogo, or Join.Me in order to share desktop in case assistance is needed. Note: using Mikogo or Join.Me will require a separate phone or Gmail/Google Voice connection.
We can not guarantee that your particular configuration of hardware and software will work in all instances.
Other software —
- A word-processing program compatible with instructor preferences (i.e. Google Docs);
- A presentation software compatible with instructor preferences (Google Presentation, LibreOffice, Open Office or Prezi – These are all free tools.)
- Additional appropriate plug-ins for your browser may be required by individual assignments or content. Typically your browser will inform you when a plug-in is needed and prompt a download.
- Students will also require access to a personal email account. Gmail is a free service that comes with a Google Apps account that allows users to create and edit Microsoft Word Programs, as well as PowerPoint presentations and access additional course content. A Google Account may be required to view some course content.
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