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Location: LB2237
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Minimum Requirements

Minimum Computer Requirements for e-Learning

The following list gives the minimum requirements for e-Learning courses based on our Canvas Learning Management Systems.  Contact instructor for more information about other course delivery systems such as Moodler or an instructor's web site.  

Windows (PC) Pentium or Higher

  1. Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 or newer

  2. Reliable Connection to Internet (broadband recommended.)

  3. Firefox (39/40), 
    Internet Explorer (10-11), 
    Chrome (43-44)
    (For best performance it is recommended that users install the most recent versions of the browsers)

  4. Audio & video capability

  5. Personal email capability

  6. Document creation software compatible with MS WORD

  7. Android Devices 2.3 and newer

Linux - Chrome OS

MAC Computer

  1. Mac equivalent (PPC)Mac OS 10.6, Snow Leopard or higher 132 megs RAM

  2. Reliable Connection to Internet (broadband recommended.)  

  3. Firefox (39/40), 
    Internet Explorer (10-11), 
    Chrome (43-44)
    Safari Browsers 
    (For best performance it is recommended that users install the most recent versions of the browsers)

  4. Audio & video capability

  5. Personal email capability

  6. Document creation software compatible with MS WORD

  7. IOS 7 and newer

1. With upgrades to courseware and course delivery software it is recommended that for optimal experience Windows XP (SP3) and higher and Mac OS 10.6 and higher are used. Using an operating system less than Windows XP(SP3) or Mac OS 10.6 could be problematic for most e-Learning courses. MAC users using less than 10.6 will be unable to view Panopto or other multi media technology. Android Devices 2.3 and newer and IOS 7 and newer.  

North Seattle has two on campus computer labs that can be used by e-Learning students. These computers have software and internet connections that will work with all of our e-Learning classes and e-Learning students with NET ID can use these labs.

2. Most e-Learning courses (online, hybrid or on campus courses with an online component) utilize technologies which requires a broadband internet connection (DSL, cable modem, or WLAN). With technologies such as video or audio streaming, Panopto, Podcasts, Camtasia films, narrated PowerPoints and Learning Management Systems like Canvas or Moodle a broadband internet connection will make the online experience more accessible and less problematic.  A 56K modem connection will not stream video, users will have to download the videos and this may be problematic depending on the video size and type.

3. Recommendations for hardware capabilities:

  • It is recommended that users use a computer 5 years old or newer

  • 1GB of RAM

  • 2GHz processor

4. Some online courses utilize audio or video streaming. Other online classes may include short video clips. If your computer does not have audio or video capability, contact the e-Learning office or the instructor to check on the sound requirements of the specific classes in which you are interested.

5. Your instructor may need to contact you through your personal email so to insure that you receive these in a timely manner it is important to update any changes to your contact information by going to North Seattle Online Services. North Seattle also offers "Google Apps" to all students with NetID. For more information about this benefit please go to North Seattle NetID page.

6. Some online courses may require the ability to upload, read and send MS Word document files (or files that can be read by MS Word) If you have any questions about this please contact your instructor by email before registering to insure that you have the ability to turn in your assignments in a format that will be useable. You can download a Microsoft Word Reader. It is also important if you are using Microsoft Office 2007 that you save your files in the .doc or.rtf file format (do not use the .docx extension) this will allow those users who do not have the upgraded software to read your documents.

If you do not have Microsoft Office software there is a free download for two office suites. Libre Office and Open Office. These are compatible with Microsoft Office and will allow you to create and read documents that have been created with this software.

*Disclaimer:  As with any download from the Internet it is important to scan for viruses or other malicious software that could possibly cause problems with your computer.  NeLSC can not guarantee the security of any website.

 

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