Required DOWNLOADS and Purchases for All eCollege (Distance Education) Students:
Complete All Required Downloads & Outlined Requirements (as listed below) by the MIS Department.
Personal Computer, Equipment & Microsoft Word Requirement (for eCollege Students):
All eCollege students are responsible for having access to either a desktop or laptop computer 24/7. If you do not have reliable and timely access to a personal computer, we strongly encourage you to take a ground (face-to-face) course. If you are Pell student, you can easily secure a laptop via the bookstore using your Pell funds. Or, you can purchase a laptop from reliable retailers like Walmart, Office Depot, Staples, Kmart, Sams Club, Costco, and more.
Sorry--no iPads or iPhones. DO NOT
attempt to take an eCollege course with an iPad or iPhone, for you will be faced with limited access to course functions and/or multimedia. You need a computer. Also, do not attempt to take an eCollege course solely dependent on library computers. Library computers may not have all of the required downloads below and are not available to you 24/7. Further, you WILL NOT
be able to download required applications on these computers. Enroll in a ground course if you do not have access to a reliable computer 24./7.
If you are taking a distance education (online) course, you MUST
use Microsoft Word to submit all written work. No other programs (Word Pad, etc...) are acceptable. Most computers come with Microsoft Word already installed; however, if you computer does not have Microsoft Word or Microsoft Office products, you will need to purchase this software. This software can be very expensive. However, because you are a student, Microsoft offers a University Microsoft Word product for a discount price of $79.99. Click on the icon to purchase and download it directly to your desktop or laptop now, If you do not have this software.
All eCollege courses require the instructor to administer two proctored exams--the mid-term and final exam. The institution uses ProctorU to administer these exams. You will need a detachable/attachable camera in order to be proctored or a camera that can sit on top of you computer (if you have an older-style monitor). If you have a built in camera on your laptop, that will not work. The proctor will require you to detach the camera during the proctoring of your exam to scan your testing environment, so it must be a camera that can be removed and then reattached during testing. These cameras are sold in the Lawson State bookstore on either campus, or, of course, you can purchase them from any major retailer like Walmart, Office Depot,
etc.., for under $10 (at Walmart) or under $15 at other locations. You will only need to purchase a camera one time, for it can be used over and over again as you take additional eCollege courses.
Download each application to your computer if you plan on taking distance (online) education classes at Lawson State:
All eCollege students are responsible for having access to either a desktop or laptop computer. If you do not have reliable and timely access to a personal computer, we strongly encourage you to take a ground (face-to-face) course. Also, DO NOT attempt to take an eCollege course with an iPad or iPhone, for there may be limited access to course functions and or multimedia. You need a computer. Also, do not attempt to take an eCollege course dependent on library computers. You be able to download required applications on these computers. Again, enroll in a ground course if you do not have access to a reliable computer 24./7.
NOTE: The MIS Department of Lawson State requires the downloading of ALL multimedia players listed below as well as other compatible system downloads. The span of players enables eCollege students to view all videos and animations they may encounter in their etextbooks, via external links and via Mashup (YouTube) within all eCollege courses.