Online Learning is based upon the delivery of your coursework through the Internet to your computing device. Vital to your success is having the proper technology in place. For most classes this does not mean necessarily the latest and greatest (or most expensive) computer out there, but there are requirements to be met.
To succeed, you must have a reliable computer that you can access for course work. A cell phone, or a tablet running iOS or Android will not be sufficient to complete your course work.
At a minimum, you need a computer that meets the following requirements:
- Running Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher, or ChromeOS
This minimum is required to operate Honorlock, an online proctoring service used by Knights Online.
A Note on Chromebooks: many courses provide materials in Microsoft Office format. You may also do group work with other students and need to share files. You will need to become adept at opening and saving files in Office formats if you use Chromebooks.
Some programs may have additional requirements that may limit the types of computers that will be sufficient for the program. Please see the school for further information on requirements for your program.
Your computer will need to have a Webcam for online proctoring of exams.
- Google Chrome web browser
Canvas and many web-based programs you may encounter will work best with Google Chrome. The program can be downloaded for free online.
- Microsoft Office
Current students are able to download Microsoft 365 programs through the Delta Student email site for Windows and the Mac. This download is not available for ChromeOS.
You will need to have consistent, reliable access to the Internet, either in your home or in a location or on a computer you can access several times a week. The ability to access Canvas, email, and online educational systems will be expected of you.
In order to succeed in online education, you should be comfortable with your ability to do the following:
- To get online with your computer
- To send and receive email
- To know how to attach a file to an email address
- To know how to open an attachment from an incoming email message
- To download and install software as needed for courses
- How to create, save, and manage files on your computer
- Have at least a basic working knowledge of Office programs to open, create, and edit files as necessary for courses
You should make sure your computer is in good working order before the start of each semester to avoid surprises that may slow your studies.
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