Tech Requirements


You will need various software applications for different courses. The following are required for all courses: 

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader – most recent version 
  • Skype – most recent version. A personal ID, not a family ID. To facilitate recognition, your ID should contain your name in recognizable form, eg.,, lynnefox, lynne_fox, LynnFox, lynnfox12
  • Microsoft Office – most recent version
  • Additional software is available at the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog site. A UW ID is required. 
  • Virus Protection, such as McAfee or Symantec. 

Installing Demo Software. Depending on the course, you may also be asked to download and install demo versions of software (e.g., Alexandria, Fireworks) and to register/subscribe to some online software/services (e.g., Twitter, Flickr, LibGuides, RefWorks). 


Recommended browsers (Most recent versions):

  • Mac:  Firefox, Safari, Chrome
  • PC:  Firefox, Chrome

Set the following preferences

  • Cookies enabled (from 1st and 3rd parties) 
  • Javascript enabled 
  • Java Runtime Environment: most recent version

Required Personal GMail Account

  1. You are required to use a personal GMAIL.COM account for email.
  2. Do not use your school email (even if it is gmail) or a family email). Establish a separate Gmail.
  3. Your Gmail ID should contain your name in recognizable form, e.g.,, lynnefox, lynne_fox, LynnFox, lynnfox12.

Essential Computer Needs for UWSSLEC

ADMINISTRATOR RIGHTS:  At minimum, you must have a personal user space to download and install software and organize your files. On a shared machine, you need to set up a separate and secure partition with with full administrator rights. 


  • Monitor:
    • Resolution: 1024 x 768 or greater 
    • Size: 13" display or larger recommended
  • RAM: 4 GB minimum, 8 GB or higher preferred 
  • Hard drive size: 250 GB minimum 
  • Processor speed: 2.5 GHz minimum 
  • 10/100/1000 integrated Network Card or 802.11 a/g/n wifi card d
  • Webcam (external or built-in) 
  • USB microphone with headset or better
  • Sound card 
  • Read/write CD/DVD drive (internal or external)
  • If Windows: at least 7 or higher (Windows 10 preferred)
  • If Mac: at least OS X (10.8 or higher) 
  • Check system requirements for D2L 

Note: iPads, Tablets, Chromebooks – At this point, a tablet device (iPad, Android, Surface, etc) is insufficient for this program. Chromebooks are not adequate for the program. They do not support downloading some of the software needed for classes  or using some of the programs.

Home Internet Service Provider (ISP)

You must be able to access the course from your home and independent of your school. Filters in schools, and often public libraries, are too restrictive and block necessary items, tools and communication. You must be able to download and install software on the computer you use as well as search the Internet in an unfiltered mode. 

Home access requires Broadband (DSL, cable, cellular, satellite).

iPads and Tablets

While useful, a tablet device (iPad, Android, Surface) is insufficient for this program. 



• RealPlayer 

• Shockwave Player 

• QuickTime Player 

• Adobe Flash Player 

• Windows Media Player 

Additional software and plugins will be required for specific classes. You must have administrator rights to download and install software, extensions and plugins.