Participant Requirements (minimum)

Participants are expected to have at least

  • basic keyboarding competence
  • an elementary knowledge of their computer operating system
  • basic knowledge of software and tools such as a
    • word processor
    • e-mail - browsing for and adding attachments to messages
    • Internet browser
    • search engine

Software Requirements (minimum)

  • Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Write (OpenOffice) or another word processing program capable of saving files in RTF (Rich Text Format).
  • Web Browser -- Firefox is highly recommended and preferred for all Shasta College Online - Moodle students (to download and install click link below), however, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher versions (these are free downloadable programs) are some other alternatives - If you plan on using a browser supplied by your Internet service provider (for example, AOL or WebTV) make sure it is the most recent version. We cannot guarantee that all course features will function in all browsers.  Firefox is the best solution to accessing your course material online.
  • E-mail software or a Web browser capable of supporting e-mail activity, including sending/receiving attached files. You can obtain a free gmail account at or a yahoo email at
  • Your course may require special (free) plug-ins to access streaming media, PDF files, or other web components - many of the links to the free viewers are listed below.
  • Antivirus software is highly recommended.

Download and install the following software if they (or comparable alternatives) are not already configured on your computer:

Visit the plug-ins test page to see what you might be missing:

Visit the website to download "free" viewers for the Microsoft products (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint): 



Hardware Requirements (minimum)

  • Access to a PC or Macintosh system (see below for details).
  • Internet access either a minimum of high speed broadband access - DSL or high speed Cable connectivity preferred.
  • Internet service provider for home access and/or access from work (must have prior to start of the course).
  • Access to the online environment for a minimum of 10 hrs/week.
  • An e-mail account for sending and receiving electronic mail via the Internet

For PC:

  • Windows XP Operating System or better (older OS may not work with all course software)
  • 2 GB RAM (or more)
  • Internet connection--broadband, DSL or high speed Cable  recommended
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Microphone and earphone OR headset (preferred)
  • At least 1 GB free disk space

For Macintosh:

  • Mac OS X
  • Internet connection--broadband, DSL or high speed Cable recommended
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Microphone and earphone OR headset (preferred)
  • At least 1 GB free disk space