Technology Requirements And Skills

General Requirements

Students taking an online course are required to have high-speed Internet access with at least one (1) megabit per second (Mbps) download and upload speeds. The course is delivered online within eLearn, Volunteer State's learning management system (LMS). Students must have regular access to a computer with Internet access throughout the course. 

Hardware Requirements

  • Devices used (regardless if they are desktops, laptops, tablets, or a combination thereof) are recommended to have at least a dual-core processor or better and four (4) gigabytes (GB) of RAM.
    • Tablet Minimums:
      • Android Tablets:
        • All tablets provided they meet minimum hardware requirements above; screen size of at least 8”
    • Apple iPads:
      • iPad4 and above, iPad Minis (all), and iPad Pro
    •  Windows Enabled Tablets:
      • Any Windows enabled tablet provided it has a full version of Windows installed (7, 8, 8.1, or 10)
    • Keyboard cases or Bluetooth keyboards are recommended if using a tablet as primary source of doing course work.
    • At least 10-20GB of hard drive space to accommodate any downloads associated with courses within the LMS.

Software Requirements

  • Operating System (O/S) Requirements
    • Android – 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above
    • Apple
      • Desktop & Laptop – Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) or above
      • Tablets – iOS – 6, 7, 8, or 9 (preferred)
  • Windows – 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 (preferred)
  • Latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer (v. 10 or 11 only), Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and/or Apple Safari
    • Applicable to all devices including mobile phones and tablets
    • Anti-virus software that is current and up-to-date 

Cloud Storage / Document Access Requirements

  • Access to Microsoft OneDrive to store applicable files for the course(s) taken.

Required Technical Skills

Students need basic computer operating skills to succeed in an online course. This includes an ability to use the Internet to find websites and basic typing skills. Students must know how to create and reply to emails and how to send/upload file attachments.