Online Resources & Requirements

RIT offers a comprehensive array of resources and support services to simplify and help you make the most of your online learning experience. These include:

Course Management System

RIT’s course management system, myCourses, allows students to interact with their classes and access course materials online through a standard web browser. Instructors can set up their courses to include a variety of materials such as document and file sharing, course calendar, news, quizzes and surveys, grades, chat and discussions, and drop boxes to submit assignments. Just as every on-campus course is different, depending on the preference of the instructor, every online course is different as well.

Orientation Services for new RIT Online Students

Students who are registered in an online course 3 weeks prior to the first day of the semester receive an e-mail to their RIT account welcoming them to online learning at RIT and directing them to RIT’s course management system, myCourses. From there, they can access the Online Student Community to read and complete the Startup. As part of the Startup self-guided tutorial, students may review course information, order course materials online for mail delivery, and review any proctored examination requirements.

General and Technical Support Services

RIT is committed to helping students have a rewarding and successful online experience. Support is available by phone, or e-mail. Please check for the most up-to-date support hour information.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are available to help prospective and current students decide which online course and/or program best suits their needs and career goals. Advisors can evaluate transfer credits, help students select the right courses to complete a program of study, and provide information about academic policies.

Library Services

Online learning students have the same access as campus-based students to the extensive resources of RIT’s Wallace Center. Wallace Center’s Information Delivery Services (IDS) includes overnight delivery of the library’s own books or articles to your home as well as electronic delivery of course materials over the web. You may place requests, check status of requests, renew materials and communicate with IDS through your web browser.

Exam Proctoring Services

Online course exams are administered in a variety of ways, depending on the preference of the instructor. Exams can be online and/or scheduled proctor exams. Your instructor will inform you if proctored exams are a requirement for the course by posting this information in the course syllabus or outline.

Computer Skills Requirements

To be a successful online learner you need to be comfortable using your computer and working on the Internet. The following will give you an idea of a few tasks you should be comfortable with. If the majority of the skills listed below are unfamiliar to you, you should consider taking a class on computer use at a local library or computer store to prepare you for an online course.


  • Identify the operating system and version the computer is running (i.e. Windows 8.1 or MacOS 10.9.3).
  • Identify the size of the hard disk (MB).
  • Identify the amount of memory (RAM).
  • Ability to organize, rename, open and close files on your hard drive.
  • Ability to download and install files from the Internet or CD/DVD.
  • Perform routine maintenance on your computer such as updating anti-virus software.
  • Opening, compressing and uncompressing ZIP archives.


  • Understand what a web address (URL) is and be able to go to a specific web site.
  • Understand links and navigating web pages.
  • Use search engines such as Google, Bing and others.
  • Create and organize bookmarks or favorites.
  • Download and maintain recent versions of a web browser by downloading the latest version.
  • Activate certain features of your browser such as Javascript and Cookies.
  • Identify the web browser and version you are using (i.e. Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 30, etc.)


  • Send and receive email messages.
  • Attach files to an email message.

Word Processing

  • Have a current word-processing program and be able to open and run it.
  • Ability to create and format paragraphs and documents, cut and paste text, and change fonts.
  • Ability to name and save documents as files.
  • Save files in different formats such as Text Only (.txt) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files.

Computer Hardware/Software Requirements

Online learning students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection. Students may be able to access these resources on campus, at work, or through other public resources but we strongly recommend having your own computers and resources.

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7.x; or Apple Mac OS X 10.6.x
  • 1 GB (Gigabyte) of RAM
  • High-Speed Internet access (Broadband, Cable, or Fiber)
  • A modern web browser. Within two versions of the latest release of Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Mozilla Firefox.

Course Specific Requirements

Online courses may have additional course specific requirements, these will be stated on the course syllabus.

Examples of Course Specific Requirements

  • DVD player (capable of playing US DVDs, Region 1)
  • At least 1 Gigabyte (GB) available hard-drive space
  • CD or DVD Drive for CD-ROM use
  • Webcam and/or microphone
  • Additional Software
  • Additional RAM
  • FAX machine
  • Scanner