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Technical Requirements

Minimum Computer Specifications

Operating System Options

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • MacOS 10.12 or higher

Web Browser Options

  • Chrome 81 and 83
  • Firefox 76 and 77 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Edge 81 and 83
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. Your browser will notify you if there is a new version available.

Students will need the following devices for their computers:

  • Speakers (internal or external)
  • Microphone (internal or external)
  • Web Camera (internal or external)

For best performance, it is recommended to use a computer that is five years old or newer with at least 1GB of RAM. Internet service is recommended at 6 mbps (download speed) or higher.

Basic Skills

  • Turn on and shut down a computer
  • Install and uninstall software
  • Copy a file from your computer to a USB drive or external device
  • Save files to your computer, a USB drive or an external device• Find, copy, move, rename, and delete files
  • Perform routine maintenance on your computer such as updating anti-virus software
  • Log in to a system using a username and password

Word Processing

  • Create, save, and open documents in a word processing software program
  • Cut, copy, and paste text
  • Change paragraph formatting, indentation, and alignment
  • Change margins and tabs
  • Create a bulleted and numbered list
  • Insert a header and footer into a document


  • Understand proper online etiquette while chatting
  • Participate in online discussions and forums

Web Browsing

  • Open a web address
  • Use a search engine (examples: Google, Yahoo, etc.)
  • Identify sites with relevant information and bookmark those sites
  • Maintain recent versions of a web browser by downloading latest version (updates) from the Internet
  • Ability to update Java applets


  • Create a new message
  • Attach files to a message
  • Send a message to multiple addresses simultaneously
  • Reply to and forward messages
  • Save messages into folders




If you are not proficient with these terms or skills, you should expect extreme challenges using the technology required in an Inter-net course. It is strongly recommended that you become proficient with these skills before taking an Internet course. Instructors are not required to explain minimum skills.