Course Delivery Format
Courses are delivered in an online format. The online format integrates today’s high-tech capabilities with proven educational methodology.
Online activities include direct interaction with faculty and other students (e.g., online discussion, group projects, and case studies) as well as activities completed independently by students, with subsequent interaction with faculty (e.g., quizzes and research assignments). All course objectives and activities build on the University’s practitioner orientation and help prepare practitioners to understand and use web-based tools to succeed in any business environment.
To ensure reasonable uniformity of content and rigor in the coursework, the University taps the expertise of faculty members who have undergone specialized training designed to prepare them to teach via this medium. Faculty rely on common online course structures to present their courses, and then supplement course delivery with a variety of online instructional activities, all of which focus on course objectives.
Student academic performance for online courses is assessed via thorough evaluation of contributions to team/group activities; participation in threaded discussions; and performance on individual assignments, projects, papers, and case studies. By combining these activities with results from assignments, quizzes, and exams, faculty can determine students’ mastery of course objectives.
Online Graduate Degree Programs – System Requirements
REALTOR® University uses the leading trends in technology available to online schools to give students an optimal online learning experience.
Technical requirements for completing REALTOR® University online classes that require a student-provided personal computer.
Sufficient technology and Internet access is required to complete online classes when you take a college course at REALTOR® University. The following list will help verify that you are adequately equipped.
NOTES: Specific curricula for college courses may require additional software purchases. Any additional software requirements will be provided in the syllabi for your courses.
Computer specifications are reviewed and revised every six months to accommodate changes in technology. While every attempt is made to ensure that these specifications satisfy all curricular needs for students completing courses, REALTOR® reserves the right to require upgrades in the event of technology changes. Students will be given 90 days notice before such changes are implemented.
Online classes cannot be accessed using Web TV.
Course access using iPhones and mobile devices is not supported at this time.
Students who need assistive technologies will have different computer and technology requirements. Please check with your Student Services counselor to determine the requirements for the specific technologies needed to support your online classes.
For questions regarding these requirements, please phone the Help Desk at 855-786-6546 option 3. Technical help desk operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sufficient technology and Internet access is required to access online coursework for online graduate degree programs. The following list will help verify that you are adequately equipped.
- Minimum System Requirements
- Minimum Hardware Specifications
- Additional Information and Recommendations
- Buying a System? REALTOR® University System Purchase Specifications
Minimum System Requirements – Graduate Distance Learning Programs
Following is the hardware and software needed to complete your online graduate degree program:
Supported Operating Systems:
- Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit)
- Windows Vista ((32 bit or 64 bit)
- MAC OS 10 is supported, but there are some applications that require the Windows OS. You should be prepared to run the Parallels desktop and a Windows OS if you elect to use a MAC system. For more information on Parallels, see http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/ and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306559
It is highly recommended that you have administrative rights to the computer used for distance learning program coursework. If you must use a computer over which you do not have administrative rights (such as a library computer or a workplace computer), you may experience difficulties with needed functions, such as installing plug-ins. Online graduate degree students using library or workplace computers will have limited support options due to access limitations on such networks. Check with your workplace IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company’s network.
- Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 for Windows, or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac.
- ISP account for Internet access and email address. (See more on Internet connectivity specifications below.)
Supported Browsers: Java-enabled internet browser:
- Windows: Internet Explorer 9.0. (Free download available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/ie/getitnow.mspx)
- Windows: Internet Explorer 8.0 (Free download available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/ie/getitnow.mspx) – certain pages may require compatibility view
- Windows: Mozilla Firefox current version (Free download at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
- MAC: Mozilla Firefox – current version (Free download at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/)
- MAC: Safari 3 (Safari is only supported on Mac computers)
Other browsers, including the AOL browser, Opera, Google Chrome, and Safari for Windows, are NOT currently supported for some components of your coursework. You may use AOL for your ISP, but you should use either IE or Firefox browser versions listed above. As new browser versions are released, announcements will be issued to notify students when the new versions have been tested and may be used safely.
See below for required Browser settings.
Plug-ins: The following plug-ins are required for many of the resources available in your online courses. *use caution to not accidentally download and install extra features such as browser toolbars
Adobe Flash Player(Current version is 188.8.131.52) *it is not necessary to download the accompanying Google Toolbar)
Adobe Acrobat Reader(Current version is Adobe Reader X (10.1.2))
RealPlayer (Basic) (Click on the Get RealPlayer Free button)
Apple QuickTime Player (Quick Time 7.0)
Java 1.5 or higher (The latest Java plugin is available at http://www.java.com)
Additional plug-ins and/or downloads may be required by specific graduate degree programs. The courses will include information for obtaining and installing the appropriate plug-ins.
- Java Script should be enabled (See http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=23852 for help)
- Java should be enabled (See http://java.com/en/download/help/enable_browser.xml for help)
- Cookies should be enabled (See http://www.google.com/cookies.html for help)
- Know how to allow Pop-Up windows (See http://www.ehow.com/how_4853175_disable-popup-blockers.html for help)
Supported Computer Security (Windows): Anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware
Recommended and supported:
- McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2012 or AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012
- Windows Internet Connection Firewall
- Windows Defender Anti-Spyware
Minimum Hardware Specifications:
- Pentium-class 1 GHz or faster processor
- 2 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
- High speed connection to the Internet
- CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive – Note that some software may require a DVD drive for installation
- Hard drive: 160 GB
- Graphics card and monitor capable of 1024 x 768 display
- Monitor – 1024 x 768
- A Webcam may be required in courses in some programs. Check with your academic advisor.
- Specific curricula for college courses may require additional software purchases. Any additional software requirements will be provided in the syllabi for your courses.
- Computer specifications are reviewed and revised every six months to accommodate changes in technology. While every attempt is made to ensure that these specifications satisfy all curricular needs for students completing courses, REALTOR® University reserves the right to require upgrades in the event of technology changes. Students will be given 90 days notice before such changes are implemented.
- Courseware cannot be accessed using Web TV.
- Course access using iPhones and mobile devices is not supported at this time.
- Students who need assistive technologies will have different computer and technology requirements. Please check with your Student Services counselor to determine the requirements for the specific technologies needed to support your coursework.
- For questions regarding these requirements, please phone the Help Desk at 855-786-6546.
Additional Information and Recommendations
Internet access is required to participate in online components of your college courses at REALTOR® University. An Internet Service Provider (ISP) will provide you with the software and access necessary to utilize the Internet in order of preference:
- Recommended: LAN, Cable, or DSL connection. Highly recommended for optimal student experience. Required for all technical programs.
- 56K Dial-up connection. Many course components will have suboptimal performance when accessed through a 56K dial-up connection.
- Satellite and/or Wireless Internet connection. Satellite and wireless connections are not recommended. Performance may be suboptimal due to latency and signal instability.
If AOL is your ISP, you must use the Internet Explorer or Firefox browser, rather than the default AOL browser, to complete coursework in a college course online. Simply launch the appropriate browser after logging onto your AOL account.
If you connect to the Internet through your company, you may need to ensure that appropriate plug-ins and access rights are available to you. Check with your IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company’s network.
A valid email address, which is checked frequently, is required for participation in components of your coursework. If you change your email address, you must supply the correct address to REALTOR® University Student Services.
All plug-ins needed to participate in components of your online coursework are available free of charge. It is recommended that you review the list of plug-ins and install them prior to beginning your coursework.
Computer and Internet Security
The ease and convenience of accessing educational materials through the Internet brings with it the need to ensure that our computers do not become targets of unwanted and often malicious attacks and intrusions by computer viruses and/or hackers. To prevent this, we recommend using an anti-virus package and a firewall.
Your computer is subject to virus attack whether you’re surfing the Internet or getting information from floppy disks, CDs or a network. Email attachments are particularly vulnerable.
McAfee Virus Scan is one of the most popular and effective anti-virus programs on the market. This product offers the security of automatic protection against viruses, malicious ActiveX controls and Java applets and other dangerous code. This program also offers automatic retrieval of new anti-virus definitions for updating. Since an anti-virus program is no better than its virus definitions, virus definitions should be updated regularly, preferably on a weekly basis.
Personal firewalls are another means to protect your computer from malicious activity when you are connected to the Internet. Windows comes with a built-in personal Firewall. It is recommended that you enable the Windows Internet Connection Firewall and learn how to use this application to protect your computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet.
Along with keeping your antivirus updated, it is equally, if not more important to also ensure that your Windows critical updates are current. As Microsoft finds weaknesses in their Operating Systems, they post updates that can be downloaded and installed. These updates can be set to occur automatically, but they may at times require user input to complete the update. You can learn more about Windows updates at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/windowsupdate/learn/windowsxp.mspx. Your Windows updates should be checked on a weekly basis.
Your screen resolution (size) should be set at minimum 1024 x 768 or higher.
Buying a System? Here’s what we purchase when we buy new computers …
If you are purchasing a new system, the following specifications exceed the Minimum Requirements, but they may provide you with a guideline for configuring your new system.
- Processor: AMD Turion ZM-80 (2.1Ghz),
- Monitor: 15.4 WXGA display,
- RAM: 2GB RAM (800DDR2/1DM),
- Hard drive: 160GB HD (7200RPM),
- DVDRW drive,
- Connectivity: Intel 802.11 a/b/g/n (wireless), 56k modem
- Warranty – 3 Year
- ENERGY STAR® 5.0 Qualified EPEAT™ Gold 85% efficient power supply
- Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo E8500 processor (3.16 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1333 MHz FSB)
- Memory: – 4 GB DDR2 800 MHz non-ECC (2 x 2 GB DIMM)
- Hard Drive: – 250 GB 7200 rpm SATA 3.0 Gb/s NCQ, SMART IV
- Graphics: Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator
- Optical Drive: 16X/48X SATA DVD-ROM
- Sound: Integrated High Definition audio with ADI1884 codec
- Network Card: Integrated Intel 82567LM 10/100/1000
- 19-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor
- Warranty – 3 Years