Technology and Computer Literacy Requirements

Technology Requirements

Although we use online educational software for our courses, the computer that you use for your online courses will need to meet some basic technical requirements to be able to access the course and all of its features. Most computers made in the last few years will meet these requirements. The following are necessary to take an online course at Summit University:

A Windows, Macintosh or Linux computer with:

  • Sound card / speakers
  • High speed Internet access (768Kb/second or faster; if you are using a dial-up connection or equivalent, the course quality may be less than optimal)
  • Email Account
  • Word Processing Program that can create “.docx” files. Only .docx files will be accepted for written assignments and papers.
    Note: Microsoft Word is recommended. If you are using WordPerfect, Open Office or other word processing software, you may need to save your files in Microsoft Word for accessibility (this option is typically available under the Save As menu). If you do not have Microsoft Word, Google Docs is a free online alternative that can help you easily create .docx files.
  • Current anti-virus software (such as AVG, McAfee or Norton) recommended

NOTE: Some courses may require you to have additional hardware and software in order to complete the course.  These requirements will be made available to you before you register for the course.

The latest version of one of the following Internet browsers: Firefox (recommended), Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome.

*Note: Version requirements are subject to change without notice.

Additional Software

The following additional software is required and can be obtained for free from the websites listed below.

Computer Literacy Requirements

Students need to be comfortable and confident using the computer to succeed in an online course. If all of the following statements apply to you, then you have the skills needed to take online courses at Summit University:

  • I know how to connect to the Internet using a web browser.
  • I can navigate around the Internet.
  • I have my own email account and I know how to send and receive e-mail using this account.
  • I know how to do basic word processing, including cutting and pasting.
  • I know how to open, save, and manage files.
  • I can use basic Windows or Macintosh features, including opening and closing programs and scrolling.
  • I know how to watch online videos and listen to online audios.
  • I am comfortable uploading files to the Internet or adding attachments to an email.
  • I can confidently set up and access a password-protected website member area (such as an online email account, LinkedIn, or Facebook).

NOTE: Some courses may require you to have additional computer skills in order to complete the course.  These requirements will be made available to you before you register for the course.

Moodle Navigation and Operation Skills

Moodle navigation and operation skills are also required. For this reason, all students must agree to review Moodle 101, an introductory Moodle course, in the three weeks before their first course starts. Technical support will not be granted to students who have not done this.


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