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Technology Requirements

It is important that you make sure your computer meets the technical requirements for online courses.Minot State University is not responsible for providing computers, Internet access, or software for students taking online courses. It is your responsibility as an online student to have access to a computer, Internet Service Provider, and the appropriate software (if required) to complete your online course. The technical requirements for your computer are listed below.

Some online courses have additional requirements such as software or test proctors. These requirements are listed on the Schedules page prior to each semester.

Additional Course Requirements

It’s important that you have a computer system that can adequately support your online courses. You will need to have access to a computer system that meets the following minimum technical requirements.  Planned, regular maintenance is also required and part of your ongoing responsibility to maintain access. Some businesses and institutions such as the military or education, do not give user's administrative access to computers. You will need administrative access to your computer in order to make sure it is compatible.

Once you get started with your courses, make sure you have a USB Flash Drive or CDs on hand. While technology is marvelous, it is far from perfect. Even though it is a rare occurrence, technology does fail at times and your course work could be lost. You will want to have backup copies of each assignment and paper you submit. So from the beginning, create and save copies of your work. You won't regret it. (Instructions to Backup Assignments)

We have also prepared some instructions to check your Browser Settings so you are ready for your online courses.

Some online courses have additional requirements which will be listed on the MSU online web site.Plug-Ins
Some online courses have multimedia that requires software that is available as a free download if you follow our instructions. The schedules page will tell you what software is needed for each course. You can wait to download the plug-ins because not all are required for every course. Downloading only the required plug-ins will save space on your hard drive.
Download Plug-Ins

Online students are required to have virus software and to keep it current. Computer viruses are major problems to the online experience. Their effects range from inconvenient to catastrophic. In an online learning environment, where file attachments are often shared, viruses have a good opportunity to proliferate. At MSU it is our policy to take every precaution to guard against viruses.

You can take steps to minimize your chances of infections by being careful of what you download, open only attachments you know are safe, keep your anti-virus program updated, install all Windows updates, and install a spyware program and run it on a weekly basis (i.e. Ad-Aware). The McAfee site has some tips to help protect your computer from viruses.

Here is a list of low-cost or free antivirus options:



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