You must verify your computer equipment meets the minimum technical requirements needed for an online course. Technical requirements are subject to change without notice.
Are You Comfortable with Technology?
If you take an online course, you should feel comfortable with technology and online learning; and have access to the appropriate equipment.
Before enrolling in an online course, ask yourself if you can:
- access computers that meet the minimum technical requirements
- send, receive and attach documents to an email
- navigate computer screens and the Internet easily
- create, save, retrieve and browse for computer files
- download media players, software plug-ins and other free software available on the Web
Depending on your course, additional computer skills may be required.
General Technical Requirements
Although specific technical requirements may vary by online course or program, the following general technical requirements are required for all online courses.
- Active Email Account
- Current Operating System: Windows or Mac
- Internet Connection: DSL/Cable (recommended)
- A wireless or satellite connection should not be used for taking exams/quizzes and is not recommended for "Live" Web classes
- Current Internet Browser: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari
- Word Processing Software: Microsoft Word (recommended)
- Additional Free Software Downloads (as necessary)
For more specific information about technical requirements, refer to the UND Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies (CILT), your course syllabus (available approximately 1 week prior to your course start date), or contact your instructor.
"Live" Web Classes
If your online class meets "live" over the Internet at a set day and time, you may need a Web camera or stereo headset/microphone. Refer to your instructor, course syllabus, or the UND Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies (CILT) for recommendations.
Please note that wireless/satellite Internet connections are not recommended for "live" Web classes.
DEDP or IDT Program Requirements
If you are a student in the Distance Engineering Degree Program (DEDP) or Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) program, you may need additional or different technologies.
Refer to your instructor, course syllabus, or the UND Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies (CILT) for more information.