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Computer Requirements
You must have access to a computer and the Internet to participate in distance learning. Following are the minimum hardware and software computer requirements for courses. Specific courses may have additional requirements, which you’ll find in the individual course descriptions.

Minimum Hardware Requirements
  • Pentium 4 or an equivalent Mac
  • 1 GB of RAM (system memory)
  • On-board sound or card, speakers or headphones, and microphone functionality
  • DirectX 9-class graphics card with 32 MB of graphics memory
  • A high speed cable modem, DSL, or ISDN Internet connection
  • A printer

Minimum Software Requirements

  • An operating system no older than Windows XP (OS X 10.4 for Mac users)
  • A suite of current office software (Microsoft Office)
  • A current version of a Web browser: Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox preferred
  • An e-mail application
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Real Player or Windows Media compatible player installed. Download a free copy of RealPlayer or VLC cross-platform Media Player. To view the MPEG-4 files, the free version of Quicktime player is recommended.
  • VOIP programs like Skype can also be very useful
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