Technical Requirements

Hardware, connectivity and computer skills needed for online students


In order to access JBU online course content you will need a computer. It is preferable that you have your own computer at home. If not, it should be a computer that is convenient for you to access, since you will have to be online and in your class at least 3 -4 times per week.  It is the your responsibility to have a backup plan in case your technology fails.

Computer system recommendations:

  • Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 or MAC OS 10.5.8 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM or more recommended (1 GB RAM minimum)
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Microphone/Headset
  • Internet Connection (DSL or Cable modem recommended)
  • Internet Explorer 8 or 9,  Firefox 3.6(or higher), or Safari 4.0(or higher), Chrome 16.0(or higher)
  • Word Processing Software (Microsoft Word 2007 or later is recommended)
    • Some courses require Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint (Office 2007 or later)

High Speed Internet

You will need reliable internet access to participate in online courses.  Almost any high speed internet will work.  A dial-up connection (56K modem) will run very slowly and is not recommended. 

Computer Skills

All online students should be able to:

  • Connect to the internet
  • Use email
  • Create, store and retrieve files
  • Use a word processing program
  • Copy and paste text
  • Navigate the internet
  • Install software on their computer
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