Maricopa Emergency Management System Alert

UPDATE:  Fall online courses continue as scheduled and remote student services are available now.  All in-person services are unavailable and scheduled to resume Oct 5.  Check here for the latest service hours and www.maricopa.edu/coronavirus for additional updates.

Is your Computer Ready?

Hardware and Software Needs for Students Taking Classes

Recommended Requirements
  IBM Compatible Apple/Mac
Operating System Windows 10 Mac OSX v10.15
Computer Processor 2.6 GHz CPU Processor Speed PowerPC G4 or Greater
Computer Memory 3 GB  RAM
Internet Connection High-Speed Internet Connection
Graphics 32bit color Monitor/Graphics Card
Screen Resolution 1024x768

Common needs for PC and Mac Users

  • PC Users: Latest version of Chrome, FireFox, or Microsoft Edge
  • Mac Users: Latest version of Chrome or FireFox 
  • A reliable Internet Service Provider
  • Anti-virus software that is consistently updated against the latest threats
  • Pop-up blockers either disabled during coursework or configured to allow pop-ups from riosalado.edu and riolearn.org
  • Firewalls either disabled during coursework or configured to fully trust riosalado.edu and riolearn.org
  • Latest Java Virtual Machine. Test your computer
  • Additionally, you will need to have access to our web-based email system to send and receive e-mail messages, to participate in group discussions, and to post or send assignments. Some corporate networks block web-based email for security reasons.

Important Note - Contact Your Instructor

When you have access to your email account, you must send a message to your instructor stating that you are able to send and receive email.

Accessing Online Classes

  • You are responsible for providing your own Internet Service Provider.
  • You are responsible for paying your Internet Service Provider. This cost is not included in the cost for a class.

Internet Experience Needed to Take a Class

  • While you do not need to be a proficient internet user, you may experience a learning curve that can occur when something is new.
  • Be patient and don't be afraid to ask for assistance.
  • Knowledge of basic word processing, sending and receiving mail, online filing and document retrieval, and how to follow links on the Internet is helpful.
  • When you access your class, you will have a course orientation manual available to you online.

Getting Help With Using Technology

Visit the Technology Support Helpdesk for information on technology support availability.