AAP provides an online student orientation to train students on specific technologies used in online courses. However, students should have a reasonable knowledge of basic personal computing before they take an online course.
Specifically, students should be able to:
- Navigate a web browser
- Compose and format documents in commonly used software programs
- Upload and download files
- Work within a file/folder structure on their computer
Online students should have the following minimum hardware and software. (Information about supported web browsers will be provided in your student orientation.)
- Windows Users: Windows 10, Windows 9, or Windows 8.
- Mac Users: OS X v10.11 (El Capitan), OS X v10.10 (Yosemite), or OS X v10.9 (Mavericks). Students will need speakers and a headset, plus headphones and a microphone.
Important: Students will need administrative access to the machine(s) they will be using for their course work in order to download safe third-party software like RealPlayer, Adobe Connect, Adobe Reader, and Flash Player. Also, students should be aware of any firewalls or other restrictions associated with the machines and/or locations they plan to use for their studies before they begin their course work.
The Course Management System
All AAP online courses are available in the Blackboard Course Management System. This web-based software includes areas for you to read and view course content, communicate with your instructor and classmates on the discussion board, upload and download course assignments, take online exams and quizzes, and monitor your grades.