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.

Technical Requirements

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
This is a list of basic computer system requirements to use Canvas, the RU Learning Management System. It is always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions and faster internet connections. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times.

Computer Specifications
Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

Screen Size
A minimum of 1024×600. That is the average size of a netbook. You probably won’t want to view Canvas on a smaller screen than that.

Operating Systems
Windows XP SP3 and newer
Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
Linux – chromeOS

Mobile OS Native App Support
iOS 5 and newer
Android 2.3 and newer (coming soon!)
Computer Speed and Processor

Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
1GB of RAM
2GHz processor
Internet Speed

Bandwidth
Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
Canvas recommends a minimum bandwidth of 512K which is basic DSL. Dial-up internet access is longer a viable option for online learners.

Browsers
Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, & Android or any other device with a modern web browser.

Minimums are:
Internet Explorer 8
Chrome 19
Safari 5
Firefox 12
Flash 9 (if you want to use the audio/video recording or viewing feature, the Chat feature or upload files)

We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up to date Flash plug-in.

Other Notes on Canvas:

Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing, chat, and uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas.

The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.

The Canvas UI was optimized for desktop displays, small form factors such as phones may not be as pleasant to use Canvas with. We recommend trying out our Mobile App (instructure.com/mobile) if you are on an iPhone or have an iPad.

There are only 2 hard requirements:
1 – You have to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.
2 – No IE 6 or 7, they are just too old to be able to do the interactive things Canvas does.

Software
Students must have software capable of creating, editing, and saving Microsoft Office document files (.doc, .docx), Microsoft Excel spreadsheet files (.xls, .xlsx), and Microsoft PowerPoint presentation files (.ppt, .pptx).

Specific curricula for some courses may require additional software purchases. Any additional software requirements will be provided in the syllabi for your courses.

Assistive Technology

Students who need assistive technologies will have different computer and technology requirements. Please check with Student Services to determine the requirements for the specific technologies needed to support your online classes.

Email Account

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.

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 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.