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Computer Requirements for Online Courses

To be a successful online learner, you will need access to a computer with the following:

  • A processor of 2.4GHz or faster.
  • 4 GB of RAM.
  • A high-speed Internet connection (1.5 Mbps upload and download required; 4 Mbps or better preferred).

    Caution: The use of public access computers (for example, at restaurants) or employer-provided computers may result in slowness or errors (timeouts or access problems) when accessing course materials. Public access computers may not permit access to certain course materials or systems due to security limitations.
  • Monitor and video card with 1024 x 768 or greater resolution.
  • Keyboard and mouse (or equivalent i/o device).
  • Speakers/Headphones and a Microphone.
  • Noise-canceling headphones typically preferred.
  • A web camera capable of video web conferencing.

Operating System

  • Microsoft Window 10 or newer.
  • Apple macOS 10.12 or newer.

Web Browser


Content Filters

Content filters may need to be disabled in order to view certain types of academic-related content.

Basic Computer Proficiency Requirements

At a minimum, students should have basic computer literacy skills including:

  • Using a keyboard and mouse.
  • Selecting, copying, pasting text.
  • Sending and receiving email.
  • Saving and retrieving files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx., etc.).
  • Using a text editor (changing fonts, inserting links, using spell check, etc.).
  • Browsing for files to attach and upload.
  • Accessing the Internet using a web browser and resetting basic web browser settings (clearing cache/history, cookies, etc.).

Browser check provided by Daemen’s Learning Management System, Blackboard.

Need help assessing your computer? Please contact SMART Squad at 716-566-7865 or email smart.squad@daemen.edu.

Updated on July 18, 2024

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