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Technological Requirements

Because Atlantic University’s distance education takes place in an online learning environment, students are expected to have access to technology that is adequate for online courses and completing their required proctored exams.

Computer Hardware Requirements

PC Users

For PC users, the minimum requirements include Windows 7 or higher with 2GB of RAM or more, Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or higher. Additional minimum requirements include a webcam with 1280 x 720 video pixel resolution, a high-speed Internet connection with 1.5 MB per second download and 1.5 MB per second upload or better, and a web browser such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 14.0.1, or Safari 4.

Apple Mac Users

For Mac users, the minimum requirements include MAC OS X or higher, Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or higher. Additional minimum requirements include a webcam with 1280 x 720 video pixel resolution, a high-speed Internet connection with 1.5 MB per second download and 1.5 MB per second upload or better, and a web browser such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 14.0.1, or Safari 4. For Mac users, Mac OS X v. 10.7 “Lion” is recommended.

Test Your Computer

Students are encouraged to test their computer set-up by going to http://moodle.atlanticuniv.edu and clicking on the “First Look Classroom.” In the first module of that classroom, a click-through takes the student to an Internet facility that tests download and upload speeds. Completing the “First Look Classroom” will not only give students a preview of what Atlantic University courses will look like but will also allow students to determine whether or not their computer set-up is adequate to the task.

Special Considerations

Students are responsible for their own operating systems, speed of Internet connection, and any third party software downloads.