Is on-line learning right for me?
Characteristics of successful online students
Successful on-line learners tend to be self-directed. That is, they possess the ability to organize their own time. The self-directed
learner decides what, when, and how they study. They tend to be goal-oriented and have good problem-solving skills. They also possess good research skills and
are confident in their ability to search and find answers to questions.
Computer RequirementsComputer hardware requirements are for the most part, determined by the software to be installed. System requirements include the operating system, processing power, memory, and available drive space. Other requirements may include the type of monitor, and type of connection to the Internet.
Technology Assistance Center (TAC) provides support to all of the residential hall computer labs on campus. TAC maintains a current list of recommendations for computer hardware and software for use at FSU.
It is important to keep in mind that these a recommended minimum requirements and a faster connection speed with more memory may improve performance.
Browsers and Plug-ins
You can check to see whether the browser you are currently using is compatable with FerrisConnect by following the “Check Browser” link on the FerrisConnect Login Page, or by
clicking on the following link. Check Browser
Internet Connection Speed
Internet connection speeds will affect the amount of information and the rate that information may be accessed over the Internet. If
you connect to the Internet from home over a dial-up connection, the download rate for accessing documents in your online course will be
significantly slower than would over a broadband connection. If your online course includes accessing video or audio files, or downloading PowerPoint
files, there may be a several seconds to several minutes wait before you can view the material.
An Introduction to FerrisConnect for Students
FerrisConnect Student Orientation
Technology Assistance Center