Minimum System Requirements for Distance Learning Programs
Following is the software and hardware needed to complete your online degree program at St. Thomas University.
· Supported Operating Systems:
Windows XP, Windows 7 (recommended)
MAC OSX 10.5 “Leopard”, Mac OSX 10.6 “Snow Leopard”
· Basic Productivity Tools:
· Supported Web Browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and up
Google Chrome (Stable Channel)
Mozilla Firefox (Final Release Channel)
Apple Safari 4.0 and up
If AOL is your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you should use either Internet Explorer or Firefox browser versions listed above.
· Browser Settings: Please refer to your browser's Help features to check these settings.
Pop-Up Blocker should be disabled
Java Script should be enabled
Java should be enabled
Cookies should be enabled
· Plug-ins: The most recent version of the following plug-ins are required for many of the resources available in your online courses.
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Apple QuickTime Player
All plug-ins needed to participate in components of your online classes are available at no additional cost. It is recommended that you review the list of plug-ins and install them prior to beginning your coursework.
No Beta versions of any software will be supported.
· Internet Access:
High speed Internet access (LAN, DSL, and Cable) is required for STU online programs. Wired connection is recommended for participating live web conferences and online lectures.
Satellite and wireless connections are not recommended. Performance may be suboptimal due to latency and signal instability.
If AOL is your ISP, you must use the Internet Explorer or Firefox as your Web browser, rather than the default AOL browser. Simply launch the appropriate browser after logging onto your AOL account.
· Email Account
Every student is provided with a STU email account and it is the official email for our Learning Management System. This will avoid issues with Spam filters and other problems that may prevent you from receiving email from your instructors. STU email will also enable you to participate in special student offers that are available only to students with an "stu.edu" email address.
· Minimum Personal Computer Specification:
2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
64 GB Hard drive minimum
Headset with built-in microphone
A Webcam may be required.