University of Southern Indiana

System Requirements

What is required when taking a Distance Learning class? 3s

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Students taking one or more Distance Learning courses should have dedicated access to a computer using a modern operating system such as Windows 7 or Mac OS X. Students should make sure to have access to a back-up computer from work, friend, or relative’s computer in case of equipment failure.

High Speed Internet

A high-speed Internet connection (e.g. DSL or Cable) is required for distance learning students. Wireless connection provides convenient web access, but it sometimes can be unstable and drop in signal quality. Check your Internet Connection Speed.

Web Browsers

A minimum of two web browsers (e.g. Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari) is required for Distance Learning Students. Please note Internet Explorer is not compatible with Blackboard.

Updated JAVA
Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995.  There are lots of applications and websites that won't work unless you have Java installed.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader enables users to view and print PDF files but has negligible PDF creation capabilities. Most research articles and online journals are saved in PDF format.
Anti-virus Software

Anti-virus software is a computer program that detects, prevents, and takes action to disarm or remove malicious software programs, such as viruses. To help prevent the most current viruses, you must update your antivirus software regularly. You can set up most types of antivirus software to update automatically. For on-demand protection, the Microsoft Safety Scanner allows you to scan your computer for viruses and other malicious software for free.


The following items may be required for some Distance Learning Courses

msoffice headset webcam printer
Microsoft Office Headset Webcam Access to a Fax Machine, Scanner, and Printer

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