Computer Requirements

Students need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection with audio and video playback capabilities. Below are the minimum requirements for each of the two learning environments at ACE:

  • PC Windows 2000, Vista, or Windows 7 or Mac OS
  • Most tablets, iPads and smart phones
  • Any current browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari or IE9
  • FlashPlayer 9
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB or more preferred)
  • Broadband connection; courses are heavily video intensive
  • Video display capable of high-color 16-bit display
  • A sound card and speakers or headphones
  • Current anti-virus software that is kept up-to-date
  • Web camera is highly recommended

Courseroom Technology Requirements

Technology is integrated throughout each ACE course. Minimally, you will need to have access to the following:

  • Web Browser: Chrome, Firefox, Safari or IE9
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player

Assignments and Documents

  • Microsoft Office is the standard office productivity software used by faculty, students, and staff. (Alternatives: Open Office or Google Docs)
  • Word processing: Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel
  • Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint

Other Technology Requirements

American College of Education utilizes and provides the following platforms for all courses:

  • Canvas (Learning Management System at ACE) – A online learning management system which allows students to access their courses and interact with students and faculty
  • TaskStream (Portfolio system at ACE) - An electronic portfolio system at ACE, which allows students to upload, store, and share their work; and allows faculty to provide feedback and readily evaluate student’s work.
  • TurnItIn (Plagiarism detection system) - A plagiarism detection system, which reviews student papers and publications to ensure that students maintain academic integrity.