As a student in the WIU online degree program, you must have a computer system capable of running all required application software (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite) and have high speed Internet access.
Moodle is the online classroom management system used by WIU. Some students choose to remote access into the WIU network system. Various browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) interact with Moodle and remote access into our network system in different ways – sometimes not productively; therefore, WIU recommends Microsoft Internet Explorer X (8 in 2012, or higher) as your web browser.
Some of the online courses may require you to watch online videos or to create a PowerPoint slide presentation with embedded audio of your speech. The syllabus will state whether any specialty hardware is required for the course. Specialty hardware might include:
- Sound card & speakers
- USB Microphone headset to record your speech and listen to the playback.
- USB Video camera
Some applications may require that the following programs are installed on your computer system: Adobe Flash player, Adobe Reader, Adobe Shockwave player, Java, Quicktime, etc.
Programs within Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 are used in most online courses to complete assignments. If you do not have access to Microsoft Office or the individual programs, either purchase the software, or use remote access into the Webber network system and use the software on the student system.
- All written documents must be submitted in Word 2007 or 2010 format.
- All spreadsheet files must be submitted in Excel 2007 or 2010 format.
- All slide presentations must be submitted in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 format.