Technology Requirements for Online Classes

See the lists below for both the Minimum and Recommended computer requirements for a PC. While this minimum configuration will enable you to take classes, a faster computer, more memory, and a faster Internet connection will always give you a better experience. MACs are also compatible with the Connect learning management system.

It is possible that video technology may be required for any course, but that requirement will be included in the course syllabus.

Computer Specifications

Minimum hardware requirements:
  • 2 GHz or faster processor
  • 6 GB or more RAM
  • 80 GB or larger hard drive
  • Wifi and Ethernet network capable
  • 1024x768 or greater resolution monitor and supporting video card
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Microphone
  • A web camera capable of video web conferencing, and web editing software
  • A DVD/CD-ROM drive may be needed to install software
  • USB slot

Software and application requirements:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later or Mac OS® 10.4 or later, with a Microsoft Windows partition or a Virtual Machine application that can run a Microsoft Windows environment.
  • Microsoft Office® 2010 or later for a personal computer (PC), Microsoft Office 2011 for a Mac® computer.
  • One of the following Internet browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer® 8.0 or later, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.5 or later, Google Chrome™ 7.0 or later
  • Adobe® Reader® 9.0 or later
  • Adobe Flash® plug-in 10.0 or later
  • Browser plug-in installation as required
  • Local administrative privileges (for required operating system software installation)
  • Antivirus application (updated regularly)
  • Broadband Internet access

An Internet Service Provider (Required)

The online classes require students to connect to the Internet to view the course content and to work in the class discussion. In order to connect to the Internet, you will need an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Microsoft Office Professional (Student version will work)

You will be creating various assignments for your online classes that will Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Files sent to the class must be saved in these formats so the other participants can read them.

Video Capabilities

Some classes may require the use of a video camera to record student speeches or presentations. These will need to be done in a digital manner to enable uploading into the class. Students will also need to be able to use video conferencing technology for some advising and interviews during the program.

Anti-Virus Software (Required)

It is essential that students protect themselves and others from the potential damage that can be done from a computer virus. We require that each online student have an anti-virus software program installed on their computer and actively running while taking classes. We recommend that students use either Norton Anti-Virus or McAfee Anti-Virus software and that students regularly download updated virus lists (definitions).

Anti-Spyware Software (Highly Recommended)

Students are strongly encouraged to check their system often (at least weekly) for spyware. We recommend using Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D and that you download new definitions each time you check your system.

Student Identification Authentication

Trevecca uses a variety of means to ensure proper student identity. The cost for this is included in the published tuition and fees and there are no additional costs associated with student identification authentication process.