So you have decided you want to try an online class. Great! Now let's look at the computer requirements to take an online class. The first requirement is the computer must be reliable. You don't want your computer going down in the middle of a big assignment.
Your computer should be less than 4 years old, and can be a PC running Windowsa MAC.
If you have a PC it should have Windows 2000, XP or Vista operating systems. If you are still using Windows ME, you may be all right, but a computer this old will need to be "tuned up".
If you are using a MAC, it should have OS X or newer
Tune up your computers to get ready to take the online class. Tune ups involve cleaning off any old viruses, spy ware and other evil things. The hard drive should be defragmented, and all software updates installed. Finally a good firewall program should be added.
If you are taking a class that uses special software, like Microsoft Office, or Photoshop, you will need to have the correct version of these programs installed on your computers. You instructor can tell you what you will need.
The important thing is to have a reliable connection. You don't want to have you connection cut in the middle of your final exams. You can use a dial up modem to connect to your class. This may present some problem for larger files and multimedia. A better solution is DSL or Cable Modem connections.
LASC Computer Labs
You can always use the various computer labs at Los Angeles Southwest College to interact with your online class. Remember to factor in the hours that the labs are open.