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Computer Preparation

The following information will help you prepare your computer for online classes.

Software / Hardware Requirements
Web Browser Downloads
Plug-In Downloads

File Management Downloads
Course Tool Downloads
Virus Detection/Protection Downloads

Software / Hardware Requirements
The following is the recommended system requirements and the necessary browser requirements.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Requirements
Operating System Requirements
Browser Requirements

The Software Downloads below include downloads for software that may be necessary for your online course(s).Consultation with the course instructor about additional software requirements before registering for an online course is recommended.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Requirements

Users connecting to the Distance Learning server must meet the minimum following required Internet Service:
Minimum Required Speed Dial-Up (56 Kbps)
Recommended Speed Cable (27 Mbps) or DSL
Types Supported Dial-Up, ISDN, Cable, DSL, T1, T3
Operating System Requirements
Macintosh Users
  • Mac OS X (10.1 or higher)
PC Users
  • Microsoft Windows XP operating system
  • Microsoft Windows Vista operating system
Browser Requirements
For The PC:
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
  • Mozilla Firefox 3
For The Mac:
  • Mac OS X (10.1 or higher)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
  • Mozilla Firefox 3
Web Browser Downloads

Disclaimer: Cowley College is in no way responsible for any technical problems that occur from any software installed.
Click on web browser name to download software.

Internet Explorer 7
Mozilla Firefox 3

Browser Plug-In Downloads 

Disclaimer: Cowley College is in no way responsible for any technical problems that occur from any software installed.
Click on plug-in name to download.
Sun Java (PC) (Mac)
Adobe Shockwave Player (PC) (Mac)
Adobe Reader (PC) (Mac)
Adobe Flash Player (PC) (Mac)
Apple QuickTime Player (PC) (Mac)
Apple ITunes (PC) (Mac)
Windows Media Player (PC) (Mac)

File Management Downloads
Disclaimer: Cowley College is in no way responsible for any technical problems that occur from any software installed.
Click on file name to download software.
C-Mail (Student E-Mail Account) Can be accessed through any internet browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc)
Word Processor Microsoft Word is the word processor software required for many courses -- NOT Microsoft Works or Corel WordPerfect!
Refer to course descriptions for the version of Microsoft Word that is required.
Consultation with the course instructor about additional software requirements before registering for an online course is highly recommended.
Plug-Ins Java Script must be installed and enabled.
Virus Protection Any Anti-Virus program will work as long as it is installed on your computer and kept up to date with the updates.

Examples: Free Edition AVG, Norton Anti-Virus, McAfee Virus Scan, or Trend-Micro PC-cillin

Course Tool Downloads

Disclaimer: Cowley College is in no way responsible for any technical problems that occur from any software installed.
Click on file name to download software.
Microsoft Word Viewer

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer
Microsoft Excel Viewer

Virus Detection/Protection Downloads

Disclaimer: Cowley College is in no way responsible for any technical problems that occur from any software installed.
Click on file name to download software.
AVG Free Edition Anti-Virus
(Free)
Trend Micro Free Online Virus Scanner
Trend Micro PC-cillin (Free Trial Version)
Norton/Symantec Free Scan for Virus
Norton Antivirus (Full Version - NOT FREE)

 

 

 
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