Online Course Requirements
You should have access to a computer in your home if you are taking online and hybrid courses. Alamance Community College provides access to computers on campus but you are not guaranteed access when you need it. For most online courses, you will need to complete assignments and quizzes online, research online, and communicate with your instructors and fellow students online. Therefore, you need regular access to a computer.
Supported Operating Systems
- mac OS X 10.13 or later
- Windows 10 or later
- Most up to date version Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Firefox
- A broadband internet connection, wired or wireless – Speed: 1.5 Mbps download, 750 Kbps upload
- A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in
- Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
- ACC utilizes a variety of technologies in online and virtual classes. The system requirements for these tools are included in the minimum technology requirements. For more details, please visit these sites for specific requirements.
- Adobe Reader is necessary for reading PDF files downloaded from your course. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you may download a free version of Adobe Reader .
- A good text editor for preparing written work. There are many paid and free options but Office 365 is offered for free to students, faculty, and staff.
- ACC student email accounts are through Gmail and include free access to Google applications (like Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites) and a place you can save and store files in Google Drive.
- Other software or plug-ins may be required or recommended for specific classes so contact your instructor for the specific requirements.
In addition, you may need equipment such as a printer or flash drive for specific courses. Please check with your instructor prior to the beginning of the course to make sure you have the required equipment.
For security purposes, we recommend the following:
- Keep your operating system current and up-to-date by visiting to the Microsoft Update.
- Install and maintain antivirus software. Such software can scan, identify and remove harmful viruses from your computer.
- Install and maintain spyware and malware removal programs. Such software will detect and remove unwanted advertisements, pop-ups and hidden processes. This can improve your computer’s performance and security.
Please note: Technical issues and viruses on your computer will not mean automatic extensions on course work. Therefore, it is your responsibility to maintain your system the best you can and to have a “Plan B” in case something happens to your primary computer.