"I’d love to take classes online! Do I need any special equipment? How are classes structured?"
Those who develop and use technology to deliver online education do not want to replace geographical limitations with technical limitations. Though there are many cutting-edge technologies to facilitate online teaching, educators do tend to use familiar technology so that no special training is necessary. In most cases, online programs have tutorials and telephone support for students. But students do need to know some computer jargon. You should know how to “post” an assignment or use a “drop box.” Another technical obstacle is low bandwidth. If you need to download graphs or photos that take hours due to a slow dial-up connection, it can get frustrating. “Most computers purchased in the last five years have the speed and memory to support online learning. Some classes require a microphone to be plugged into the computer,” notes Ray Schroeder from the University of Illinois at Springfield.