Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Quick guide to Distance Education technical requirements

Your class may have other computer or software requirements, such as a microphone, speakers, or additional software. Check the course information in the online schedule to see if your class has other requirements. You are responsible for your own software and computer equipment maintenance and setup.


Code: Description & Requirements:
A course that is delivered fully online.
Technical Requirements:
Access to a computer with modern operating system capable of running the following software:

  • One of the following recommended web browsers:
    • Firefox 33 or later
    • Internet Explorer 9 or later
    • Safari 5 or later
    • Google Chrome 34 or later (though not recommended)
  • Browser plugins, such as Flash, Acrobat Reader, and Java
  • Anti-Virus and Firewall software
  • Word Processor/Office suite (See course for specific software requirements)
  • High-speed Internet connection (broadband, Wi-fi, 4G/LTE)
  • Basic computer literacy – the ability to:
    • send and receive emails with attachments
    • follow and save hyperlinks on a web page
    • create and save documents in a word processor
Classroom + Web:
A course that course combines classroom-based instruction with online instruction.
Technical Requirements:
Student must be able to:

  • Attend on-site classes during scheduled class times
  • Meet the technical requirements for web classes (above).