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VIL Online Learning Requirements

Envision online learning...

  • Web-based courses support you to learn new skills, complete assignments and interact with professors and classmates from your own computer.
  • Program faculty work with you to arrange field experiences and apply newly acquired skills in your home community.
  • Learning in an online environment offers more flexibility while also requiring more self direction and self motivation.

Distance education students must have:

  • Access to a personal, reliable DSL, cable or wireless network
  • A personal computer (Windows preferred); the Macintosh operating system often will not accommodate assistive technology developed for the visually impaired, and often may be unable to share files.
  • A sound card installed, with speakers or headphones
  • Ability to play DVDs
  • Ability to use interactive CD ROMs
  • Access to a Web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. AOL browsers will not work.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Windows Media Player - or comparable media player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Braille fonts

Distance education students must have the following basic skills:

  • Ability to use email, including knowing how to attach files to emails
  • Ability to name, save and edit Microsoft Word files
  • Ability to use digital photographs
  • Ability to use Internet search engines
  • Ability to download, install and uninstall software

PSU Online offers a set of self-assessments to determine whether you meet minimum requirements for online coursework: Are you ready for online coursework?