Recommended Requirements for Online Courses and Webinars

Your Internet provider and your computer equipment play an important role in your ability to access and view archived audio/video and to participate in online conferencing with your instructor(s). Most House of Studies courses will be provided online through Canvas. As a result, before purchasing any new equipment and software, students who enroll in online courses are encouraged to visit the Canvas portal for their course (including Skype website) to determine if purchases are indeed necessary. Some general recommendations follow:

 

  • Internet service provider (ISP) account with connection speed that allows for playing and downloading audio/video files.
     

  • Web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 11.0 or later), Safari (version 9.0-10.0 or later), Firefox 48-49, or Chrome 52-53 or later with some graphic and audio capability (Flash 22-23).
     

  • Cookies and Javascript enabled.
     

  • Adobe Reader (version 6.0 or later).
     

  • Microsoft Word for word processing.
     

  • Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations.
     

  • A computer with processor and operating system (OS) that has enough RAM to handle word processing, audio, and video files:

 

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or newer versions (Intel); Mac OS 10.6
    or newer (PowerPC or Intel),

     

  • A processor of 2.0 GHz or faster,
     

  • Current anti-virus protection application,
     

  • 1 GB RAM or greater,
     

  • 512 kbps modem, best to have high speed Internet capability,
     

  • Monitor with video card with 800x600 pixel resolution or greater,
     

  • Sound card with speakers, headphones, and microphone 
    (if no built-in microphone), and

     

  • CD-ROM or DVD R-W capability.