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System Requirements for Online Courses at Mid

Online courses require the use of a personal computer and Internet access. For best results, we recommend the following:

Internet Connection:

Your online course experience will be greatly enhanced by using a cable modem, DSL, or other high-speed connection. You may certainly access your online courses through a dial-up connection, but we recommend that you also have access from a high-speed location such as Mid's computer labs or your local library. Your local library will provide you with high-speed access to your online course. We cannot emphasize enough how your experience will be dramatically better through a high-speed connection. Many online courses offer multimedia components that may require lengthy downloads.

Contact the Help Desk with any specific questions.

Operating System:

XP or higher

OS X.5 or higher

One of the following browsers:

Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
Mozilla Firefox 9.0 or higher
Safari 5.0 or higher

System Detection Tool:

If you are unsure as to what is on your computer, run this System Detection Tool for assistance.

Some courses require additional software:

To be best prepared, we recommend that you install the following software, available for free download. If you are unable to download the software, contact the Help Desk for assistance.

Adobe Acrobat Reader
Apple QuickTime Player
Adobe Flash


If your course uses Podcasts, you may want to download iTunes.

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