To be a successful E-Learner, you must have access to a reliable computer system, the Internet, and the Microsoft Office suite of software (2010 or higher).
Canvas, works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System. If you don't have a computer at home, the computers in the Computer Commons are available for your use.
Students who take online courses need reasonable computer competence and good study, Internet, and reading comprehension skills to be successful. Skills specific to individual courses may also be required; for example, proficiency with a word processing package may be needed for an online English course.
There are specific computer software, Internet browser and hardware requirements associated with E-Learning at Estrella Mountain Community College.
- Windows operating system (7, Vista, XP)
- Internet Browser: Firefox 4 or higher, Google Chrome
- Microsoft Office 2010
- Pentium/AMD/Athlon processor 1.0Ghz or higher
- 512 MB RAM - 1 Gig preferred
- 100 MB of free disk space (to install a browser if necessary, plus additional space for other programs if applicable)
- High-speed Internet connection
- Printer (laser or inkjet)
- CD-ROM (required for some courses)
- Flash Drive
Please refer to the E-Learning page and Canvas tutorials for technology assistance. You are encouraged to review these tutorials as needed throughout the semester.
Your instructor is not the technology support staff. Questions and problems concerning technology, computers, Canvas, software, etc. must be directed to the Information Commons in Estrella Hall: 623-935-8150.
It is the student's responsibility to be proficient in using Canvas, its required processes, and Microsoft programs to be successful in a online/hybrid learning environment. Students need to be proactive in ensuring they are skilled in Canvas’ processes in order to complete all assignments on time. Technology excuses for late or incomplete assignments will not be accepted.