One of the most important things you can do to improve your online learning experience is to make sure your technology is up to snuff.
The minimum equipment you need is a personal computer with access to the Internet. I suggest having high speed access of one megabit or more. With access to a computer no older than two years old, running the suggested operating system and software recommended by the school your are going to attend.
Most computers over today are overpowered for what we need them to do for school, but today’s computers are useful beyond just a research tool. Also, if you are in a subject that requires a more powerful computer, how do you find what you need without overspending? It can be immensely complex, especially with computers evolving in weird and wonderful ways, and at an ever increasing rate.
For more information on the hardware you will want to consider, check out our Computer Hardware Guide.
Depending on your operating system of choice, and your course, then your required and available software choices will change. I have heard of more than a few people that have been frustrated not only by which operating system they need for their favorite tools, but also which computer components, and the price.
Our software guide will cover all major operating systems, as well as a variety of price points, without making things too overwhelming.
Internet access is a fundamental piece of research technology today in learning, and so the faster the connection, the less frustrating the user experience can be, but what if you can’t afford the fastest connection? How do you choose what you need and what you don’t?
Check out the Internet Access section of this site, where we go over some options and some points to consider.