Northwest Florida State College

Is Your Computer Ready?

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Is Your Computer Ready for Coursework at NWF State College?

To participate in a course at NWF Online Campus, you must own or have daily access to a computer as well as a high-speed Internet connection. You are responsible for setting up an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP).  If you are not using your own equipment, be sure that you have the right to use the computer for course work and that you have the required permissions to download (save to the local disk drive), install and/or print information.

As a student of NWF Online Campus, you have the right to use the computers located at the Learning Resource Center, Academic Success Center, or one of the other open computer labs located on a NWF State College campus.

D2L Brightspace - System Check:

Here at NWF Online Campus, we use D2L Brightspace as our Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver our online courses. You should run a D2L System Check to see if your computer is ready for typical uses of the LMS.

Computer Recommended Specifications (Meet or Exceed):

PC-Based: Windows 7 machine
Processor: 1 GHz; Dual or Quad Core; (64 bit)
RAM: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 500GB 
DVD/CD drive
Accelerated video card 
For listening to course videos: headset/speakers 


Mac-Based: OS 10
Processor: Core 2 Duo (2+ GHz)
RAM: 2GB 
Hard Drive: 500 GB
DVD/CD drive
Accelerated video card 
For listening to course videos: headset/speakers

Internet Service Provider:

High-speed Internet connection (when taking online quizzes or viewing lengthy videos a strong, reliable and fast connection is imperative)

Browsers:

  • Chrome and Firefox (latest versions) usually perform the best and are supported. The company, D2L, uses these browsers for their testing environments.
  • Internet Explorer 10 or better (Edge isn't supported yet but will likely moved into supported browsers in 2016)
  • Safari 6 or better (with some limitations)

Software Recommended:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Word Processing software (ability to open .docx files)

Computer Skills:

As an online student, you should also be familiar with the basic operation of your computer, your computer's operating system (i.e. Microsoft Windows, MacOS), word processing, use of the mouse, e-mail, file management, the installation of software, and the sending/attaching/opening/saving of attached files.

If you can answer yes to the following questions, web-based instruction may be right for you. If you answer no to any question, you may want to do some Internet research to become familiar with these regular tasks that will be required of you in online courses.

  • Do I own and/or have daily access to a computer?
  • Do I have a reliable Internet Service Provider?
  • Does my computer hardware match or exceed the listed recommended specifications?
  • Can I navigate the Internet (understanding browsers, searching,  using the back/forward/home options in a browser, printing pages, downloading documents, refreshing a browser page, understanding what a URL is, allowing sites in a pop-up blocker)?
  • Can I save a document in Word format even if I am using a different word processor?
  • Do I know how to send and/or receive files?
  • Can I send a Word attachment via email?
  • Can I download files to my local hard drive?
  • Do I know how to use email in accordance with Netiquette?
  • Do I have basic computer literacy skills?


Please let us know if you have additional questions that were not answered here. We want this webpage to be helpful for our students' success. Send suggestions.

 

 

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