Setting up your Computer to Support Online Education Courses
One of the biggest benefits of working toward an online degree is the ability to take classes on your schedule, from virtually anywhere that there’s an internet connection. For some, that means setting up a quiet space at home where they can jump onto the computer and check into their online classroom. For others who travel frequently for work, their classroom could be accessed from anywhere in the world.
Regardless of where you log into your online degree program, there are some basics that apply to everyone who takes online classes at Argosy University, Online Programs. Obviously you need a Mac or a PC computer with a web browser, and an internet connection of 56K or faster—broadband is strongly encouraged.
But to fully take advantage of online classroom education, you’ll need to have certain software installed on your computer. Argosy University, Online Programs provides students with the opportunity to purchase software at a reduced cost for students, via JourneyEd.com.
The required software for online education includes:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 10 or higher)
- Adobe Acrobat Professional (Version 10 or higher)
- Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 for PC and 2011 for Mac) containing Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, and Outlook with Business Contact Manager
- An antivirus software program
If you’re working toward a specific online doctorate program, you may need additional software such as SPSS Grad Pack 19.0 or 21.0. You may view the software needed for many doctoral level programs by visiting Argosy University, Online Division’s admissions webpage.
Online education students utilizing a PC are required to use a computer with at least an Intel® or AMD x86 processor, running at 1.3GHz or faster. The PC must have at least 4 GB of RAM, 10 GB of free hard drive space, a 1024x576 display, and a DVD-ROM drive. Video hardware acceleration is optional. The online courses may be taken via Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome. Additionally, students should have one of the following operating systems installed:
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 and MSXML 6.0 (32-bit Office only)
- Windows Server 2008 or later 32 or 64-bit OS
Online education students using a Mac are required to use a computer with an Intel processor, Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, 1 GB of RAM, 10 GB of free hard drive space, a 1280x800 display, and a DVD-ROM drive. The online courses may be taken via the latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.
If you have questions or run into problems, please call us at 1-855-265-4188 and we’ll be happy to help you!