Technical Requirements for Online Courses

All online courses at Fredonia use the course management system OnCourse, a web-based program that requires computers to have certain hardware and software. Below is a list of the requirements.

PC Users


Operating System Windows XP or higher  
Office Suites Microsoft Office 97 or higher  
Internet Browser Internet Explorer 9.x
  Firefox 10.x

Mac Users


Operating System OS X or later (This includes both Tiger and Leopard)  
Office Suites Microsoft Office 2001 or later  
Internet Browser Firefox 10.x

Browser Plug-ins

The following browser plug-ins are recommended. These plug-ins are free, available for both PC and Mac, and should be updated on a regular basis. Click on the link after the plug-in name to access the website for the free download.


Adobe Air

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Flash Player





General Notes, Recommendations, and Warnings

  • DSL or Cable access to the Internet is essential. While a dial-up connection may work, accessing video or online testing will be difficult and may cause problems.
  • Do not install the beta version of any web browser. Since beta versions have not been tested with OnCourse, we cannot guarantee that they will work. If a new version of a web browser is released, you will receive notification when it can be installed.
  • Do not use Safari as your web browser on a Mac.
  • The listing above includes only the minimal requirements for an online course. Please check the course listing and syllabus for any additional requirements.


Extended Learning

2146 Fenton Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3177
(716) 673-3652 fax