Technical Skills 

Here are the technical skills you'll need for your online classes:

  • Browsing 
    • Bookmark websites
    • Empty cache
    • Set browser to accept cookies
    • Refresh/reload Web pages

  • Downloading
    • Download and install programs and plug-ins 

  • File Management
    • Set up files and find them as needed
    • Find files attached to e-mails
    • Find files downloaded from Canvas or Internet
    • Back up files on CD/DVD or disk
    • Back up plan for a computer crash at a critical time 

  • Email
    • Activate Longwood e-mail account
    • Send attachments
    • Cut and paste text
    • Use spell checker 

  • Printing
    • Pring Web pages with and without frames from the browser

  • Searching 
    • Search the internet successfully for resources

  • Security 
    • Download virus definitions updates regularly (weekly or more often as necessary) 
    • Download current system patches 

Hardware Requirements 

Do you use a PC? 

Minimum Requirements

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 1 Ghz Processor
  • 25 Gb Hard Drive
  • Reliable Internet Connection
  • Windows 2000
  • Virus Protection with latest definitions
  • Latest Operating System Patches
  • Laptop Speakers/Headphones

Recommended Requirements

  • 512+ MB RAM
  • 1.2+ Ghz Processor
  • 25 Gb Hard Drive
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher
  • Headset / Microphone Combo
  • CD or DVD /RW Drive or USB Drive for backups

 

Do you use a Macintosh?

Minimum Requirements

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 500 Mhz Processor
  • 25 Gb Hard Drive
  • Reliable Internet Connection
  • Mac OS X
  • Virus Protection with latest definitions
  • Latest Operating System Patches
  • Laptop Speakers/Headphones

Recommended Requirements

  • 512+ MB RAM
  • 1.2 Ghz Processor
  • 25 Gb Hard Drive
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Mac OS X.3.6 (10.3.6)
  • Headset / Microphone Combo (Mac computers require a USB connection for a microphone)
  • CD or DVD /RW Drive or USB Drive for backups

 

Buy a discounted Dell laptop through Longwood (optional)

 

Software Requirements

Microsoft Office 2007 including:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel

Latest versions of:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Macromedia Flash
  • Windows Media
  • Real Player
  • QuickTime

 

 Web Browsers

Google Chrome is the preferred Web browser for Canvas.  Generally, safe browsers include Internet Explorer and Firefox for PC and Safari and Firefox for Mac. 

Often times, temporary problems can be solved by emptying a Web browser's cached files. If you encounter problems with a file the instructor is distributing, contact the instructor.

Questions about Canvas? Contact the DEC.