Technology Requirements Page Content After Reading This Page, Do the Following: Ensure you have the appropriate technology (10 minutes) Review the required technical skills to see if you are ready (5 minutes) Technology Requirements At Dallas College, whether you are an on-campus or online student, you need to use current technology to complete your class work. If you don’t own a computer, computer access is available at a Dallas College campus or public library. Each campus has available computer labs and Wi-Fi. For classes at Dallas College, you will need access to the following technology. Device that can access the internet Recommended devices: A Windows desktop or laptop computer running the operating system Windows 10 or later An Apple desktop or laptop computer running the operating system OS X 10.8 or later A Chromebook, Linux computer, tablet, or smartphone may be used for some class activities, such as meeting online or watching a video, but will not work for other activities, such as taking a test. If you plan to use one of these devices to participate in your online class work, please make sure you also have alternate access to a desktop or laptop computer if you are unable to complete an activity without one. Internet access Internet access is essential because you might need to go online regularly to view class content, contact your instructor, complete online activities (if assigned), and check your grades. Even for on-campus classes, many instructors require assignments and class work to be completed in eCampus. eCampus uses a web browser to access learning materials and activities. Suitable browsers are listed below. Ensure you have the most recent version of the browser: Google Chrome (preferred) Microsoft Edge (preferred) Mozilla Firefox (preferred) Apple Safari (Mac OS only) See a list of eCampus supported browsers. Microphone and speakers/headphones You may need to listen to audio/video content and/or talk in online discussions. Many devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets have a microphone and speakers built in. (Some devices also have built-in cameras as well.) You may also choose to use a headset that provides headphones (for listening) and a microphone (for speaking). Dallas College Student Email Use your Dallas College student email via Microsoft Outlook to communicate with other students, instructors, staff, or anyone with an email address. It's free for students. Once you're registered for classes, you can log in with your Dallas College username and password and start using your Dallas College student email right away. Access your Dallas College student email from these places: my.DallasCollege.edu outlook.dcccd.edu The email link at the top of the Dallas College webpage (select ONLINE TOOLS and then Email in the upper-right corner) Make sure your email information is up to date in eConnect and check your email daily for notifications from your instructor or Dallas College. You should also check your spam/junk folder regularly to make sure course emails are not ending up there by accident. Word processing program that can save files as .doc or .docx You will likely need to submit documents as digital text files. All Dallas College students can use Microsoft Office 365 for free, including Microsoft Word on the web. You can log into your personalized Dallas College Virtual Desktop at dallascollege.edu/virtualdesktop to access Office Apps. If you prefer to use another program, it must be able to save your work as a .docx or .doc file. (For example: Download Google Docs as .docx files.) Software to view PDF, Word and PowerPoint files You will likely need to view PDFs, Word documents and PowerPoint files provided by your instructor. If needed, use the links below to access free tools that will allow you to view these file types. Adobe Acrobat Reader (to view .pdf files) Log in to Dallas College Virtual Desktop to access Office Apps. Office 365 (to view Word, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office files) Required Technical Skills You will need the following basic technical skills for most classes. Each item in the list also has a link that will take you to training materials, if needed. Use an internet browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) Use an online search engine (Google, Bing, etc.) Send and receive email Download and upload files Find files on your device (Windows help / Mac help) Take a screenshot Use a word processor that can save files in the .doc or .docx format (such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs) Note: All Dallas College students can use use Microsoft Office 365 for free, including Microsoft Word on the web. Where Do I Get Help? Student Technical Support Have questions or concerns about your technology? The Student Technical Support staff is available 24/7 to assist you. Tutoring, Libraries and Learner Support View the Learning Support page for more information about the Dallas College libraries, tutoring services, and other learning resources available to you.