Have you ever thought about just how much you use your computer and smart phones every day? While we use our smartphones everyday, they are not recommended for an online course due to the small screen size.
Technology is in almost every part of our lives. It affects how we work, relax, and learn. On this page, we explore the technological needs for Indiana Online courses so you can confidently engage in our online learning environment. When you take an online course, you have the responsibility to maintain the technology you need to succeed in that course.
Let’s take a moment to look at the technology you need to succeed in an Indiana Online course.
The following information will help you make sure that you have everything you need to set up your device for your online course.
Minimum Technical Skills and Special Technology Utilized by Students
This course is completely online. All instructional content and interaction takes place over the internet.
Students should be able to:
- download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
- download and install software
- use a messaging service similar to email
- communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
- open attachments shared in messages
- create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
- save a file as a .pdf
- copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
- insert images or links into a file
- search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
- work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
- activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
- use presentation and graphics programs
- follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
- use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
- create and maintain usernames and passwords
Hardware and Software Requirements
To access your Indiana Online course, your device will need to meet certain hardware and software requirements. Hardware refers to the physical elements of your device, such as the motherboard, graphics card, or hard drive. Software refers to the programs and apps that your device runs, such as Windows, Microsoft Word, or Google Chrome. Hardware and Software are interconnected. While software tells your hardware what to do, software only works correctly if you have the right hardware.
To ensure that your device is set up to access an Indiana Online course, complete the following:
- Read the Indiana Online Technology Requirements
- Go over each requirement at your primary device and update your system, if necessary, especially the browser plug-ins.
- If you are in a school or library lab, please ask for assistance checking these requirements.
- Go to What are the browser and computer requirements for Instructure products? to find the most updated requirements.
- Use the Browser Check Tool to ensure your web browser is up to date.
Students who have been issued a device through their school (e.g., a Chromebook or iPad) need to speak with their school of record to make sure their device is properly set up for an Indiana Online course.
If students are going to a school issued device, items may be blocked. For a successful experience for students, the following websites need to be whitelisted.
- Zoom – students will need the Zoom app or access to the Zoom website
- @indianaonline.org domain (teacher emails and Google Drive)
You are using a school Google Account, and your school has blocked you from opening Google Docs outside of your school. You will need to use a personal Gmail account or download the Word document and convert it. Please see the Indiana Online Onboarding Canvas training tab labeled Word & Google.
- Use Chrome or Firefox. Safari and Canvas have a known issue with audio, images, and videos in Quizzes.
- Make sure your Chrome or Firefox browser is up to date.
If you are experiencing issues with your video not loading in Canvas, ensure you are using an update version of Firefox or Chrome as your web browser. We recommend the web browser and not the Canvas app.
Unable to find your answer?
Submit a Helpdesk Ticket and one of the Indiana Online staff members will reach out and find the answer you need!