FAQ Question

    To be a successful online learner, what kind of Computer do I need?

Answered By: AJ Delgado
Last Updated: Sep 07, 2021     Views: 3

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 (8 GB of RAM recommended)
  • A high-speed Internet connection (1.5 Mbps upload and download required; 5 Mbps or better preferred)
  • Monitor, Keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, webcam and a microphone
  • Operating System: Microsoft Window 10 or newer, Apple macOS 10.14 or newer
  • Supported Web browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari, the latest versions.
  • Software: Microsoft Office is available for all DSC students via Office365, Adobe Reader (Free), Antivirus software updated regularly, is strongly recommended.
  • Local administrative privileges on the computer may be required to allow for software installation and to configure computer settings.

Note: A Chromebook: will work fine for email, Portal, and web surfing, but there are limitations for document creation/management and online classes. There may also be some software that is required for some classes that is incompatible with Chromebook. Due to these limitations, it is not recommended for a student’s primary computer.

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.

Basic computer proficiency skills at a minimum that students should have include:

  • 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.)

Locate the Falcon Online Browser Systems Check on the Falcon Online Home page, and select the link Help on the navigation bar, along with other help guides.