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To successfully complete courses delivered by HCC Online, you will need a computer, software, and reliable connection to the Internet, as well as basic technology skills.
Mobile devices or tablets may be used for some components of courses, but you should not expect to complete all work on these devices. A computer or laptop is required.
Note: HCC Computer Application courses follow a PC based curriculum.
Minimum System Requirements
|Hardware and Software||PC||MAC|
|Operating System||Windows XP||MAC OS 9.0|
|Memory||512 MB||512 MB|
|CPU||1.0 GHz or higher||Power MAC G3 or higher|
|Free Disk Space||10 MB or more||10 MB or more|
|Browser (FireFox is preferred Browser)||FireFox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla||FireFox, Chrome, Mozilla|
Popup blockers disabled
Popup blockers disabled
|Productivity Software||MS Office or viewers||MS Office or viewers|
|Internet Connection||56 K modem (DSL recommended)||56 K modem (DSL recommended)|
|Other||Sound card and speakers (microphone and webcam recommended)||Sounds card and speakers (microphone and webcam recommended)|
If you purchased a computer within the last three years, in all probability your computer meets these requirements.
HCC provides all enrolled students with free access to Microsoft Office 365. Most classes utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Some courses require additional software as a Consumable Item added to the course cost and sent to the student in their bookstore order. Examples are: QuickBooks for Computerized Accounting, Adobe Lightroom for Photography courses, and Science Lab programs.
You should always have a back-up plan to accommodate for Internet connection and technology issues. Public libraries or community gathering or eating places often provide free wi-fi access.
You should have these basic technology skills:
- Connect to the Internet
- Navigating the Internet, HCC Website, and Moodle classroom
- Install or update hardware and software
- Manage Plug-ins
- Plug-ins are small applications that allow your Internet browser to display and/or access the latest tools used in web pages. List of Common Plug-Ins.
- Use Highland email
- Add attachments to emails
- Download a file
- Upload a file
- Use a discussion board
- Use the internet to research information
- Cut, copy, paste and save files
- Create and format multi-page reports
HCC Online provides 24/7 technical support for our Moodle classrooms to assist students with course technology and navigation and Weekday Technical Support for Highland MyHCC and Email account accounts, as well as HCC usernames and passwords.