Distance Learning

Technical Requirements

Hardware/Software Requirements
Distance Learning courses are accessible through the Internet and you will need a reliable Internet service provider. It is your gateway to access assignments, transmit completed work to the instructor, interact with other students, and receive feedback on your work.
To take a distance learning course you must have:

  • A computer with Windows 7, 8, 10, or Mac OSX (or later) operating system
  • A modern Windows or Mac computer with 500 megabytes (MB) RAM or better (1 GB recommended)
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution (1024 x 768 recommended)
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) of hard drive space (40 GB recommended)
  • A reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended)
  • A current, secure browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome – two recommended) with cookies enabled
  • Standard word processing software (MS Office 365 is free to students and Google Docs can be accessed by VCCS students through your student email)
  • Current virus scanning software (free to students)
  • A VCCS student email account (set up for every student
  • CD-Rom drive, sound card and speakers (may be needed for some courses)
  • Additional plug-ins and software as required for your course