Online Learning Checklist


Imagine yourself as an online learner with the ability to “attend” class anytime and anywhere you have internet access – at home, at work, at the library, or even at your local coffee shop!

At United, you now have the ability to complete some courses online, coming to campus rarely or not at all through online and hybrid courses.

Online Courses
When you take an online class, discussions take place through postings, you communicate via email or chat, and your assignments are submitted electronically. Although much of the coursework is completed independently, there are established deadlines, enrollment periods and completion dates. Assessments of your work may be given to you online, through a proctor in your area, or even through a local church or library. Distance courses generally follow the same schedule (term) as traditional face-to-face courses and require at least as much time. They provide the same quality of education as our traditional courses with the added flexibility of attending class from any location with Internet access.
Hybrid Courses
A hybrid class combines elements of an online class and a traditional face-to-face class. They require attendance at scheduled sessions either on campus or other locations near you for lectures, practicums, or formation experiences. The time you spend in class remains the same, but many hours normally spent in the face-to-face setting will be replaced with online contact hours. Face-to-face time varies from course to course, but will be posted with the course enrollment offering.
What is Needed to begin Online Learning at United
PC or Mac Operating System
PC: Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
MAC: OS 10.6 and newer
Linux – chromeOS

Computer Speed and Processor
We recommend the use of a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
1 GB (gigabyte) of RAM or more
2GHZ processor

Hard Drive
10 GB or more

Internet Explorer 11 and Edge (Windows only—please make sure your operating system is also current as noted in the computer specifications lesson; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh only)
Chrome 54 and 55
Firefox 49 and 50 (Extended Releases are not supported)
Flash 22 and 23 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)

Soundcard and speakers and/or USB headphones

CRT or LCD, 15″ or larger; resolution should be 600 X 800 pixels or higher.
If you want to view Canvas / United Online on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas Mobile App.

Media Player
PC: Windows Media Player 11 (FREE VERSION)
Mac: Download current version of Flip4Mac (FREE VERSION)
Current version of Adobe Reader (FREE VERSION)

Word Processing Software
Examples: Microsoft Word, Open Office (free), iWork, etc., Google Docs

Internet Access
A “broadband” connection is highly recommended; a “dial-up” connection may frustrate the user. Broadband is defined as: Upload transfer rate of at least 1.0 megabits/second (or higher), and Download rate of 2.0 – 4.0 megabits/second (or higher). Typical DLS, ADSL, and Cable TV Internet connection easily meet these requirements.

Screen Readers
Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
PC NVDA (latest version for FireFox)
There is no screen reader for Canvas in Chrome