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Online Academy System Requirements

Below is listed the basic technical requirements needed to successfully operate the instructional technology used by LUOA. The specifications below are the minimum requirements.

Technical Requirements

LUOA’s online programs are entirely online, so computers or devices that are compatible with any modern web browser will suffice for the vast majority of the student needs.

 

Web Browsers

Most of the curriculum can run on the latest version of any modern browser. LUOA curriculum is compatible with the following browsers, though Chrome is the recommended browser.

  • Chrome (recommended)
  • Firefox
  • Safari*
  • Edge*

*Is not compatible with certain features, not recommended

 

Computer/Device

Use of a desktop or laptop is recommended as an optimal experience cannot be guaranteed on a Chromebook, tablet, iPad, or mobile phone. Liberty’s IT Helpdesk is unable to fully support tablets or mobile devices.

 

The following specifications are recommended for operating the curriculum.

 

PC OS: Windows 8 or newer

Mac OS: macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra or newer

Screen: 1366×768 resolution or higher

Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz

Memory: 2GB RAM

Graphics: DirectX, 64+ MB

JavaScript: JavaScript must be enabled

Internet: High-speed capable of streaming video

5+ Mbps per concurrently used device is recommended

 

Media & Printing

Some courses require students to print materials or to record video, pictures, or audio for part of an assignment. This is found most prevalently in Elementary and foreign languages.

Printer: Required for some courses

Camera & Mic: Required for some courses (can be from a phone or tablet)

 

Software

Access to all of the software that is needed to operate the curriculum is provided to the student as part of being in our program!

The student needs only to have the latest version of a modern web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, available for free) to access the online curriculum. Students may also need to download Adobe Reader (free) to view PDF documents.

Note: LUOA makes Microsoft Office 365 available to all LUOA students free of charge!

 

Internet Filtering

Your student’s internet safety and accountability is of utmost importance to LUOA. There are several internet filtering software solutions on the market. All LUOA content has been curated by Subject Matter Experts to fit the educational needs of your student in a manner that a professional, academic, and distinctly Christian. Nevertheless, these filtering softwares have sometimes been known to block educational content. Some filtering issues can be circumvented by “whitelisting” https://luoa.instructure.com (not including “www.”) as well as other sites linked to from within the curriculum. Note that educational videos from YouTube are used within the curriculum.

Basic Digital Literacy

The following is a list of computer skills needed for your student to be successful in an online setting. It is the student’s or parents’ responsibility to ensure that the student is proficient in the areas listed below.

 

How to Take a Screenshot

On a PC: Taking screenshots using the Snipping Tool

On a Mac: Taking screenshots on a Mac

 

How to Use Microsoft Office

Office 365 Tutorials

Basic use of Microsoft Word

Basic use of Microsoft PowerPoint

Basic use of Microsoft Excel

 

How to Submit an Assignment in Canvas

Files: Uploading a file as an assignment submission in Canvas

Media: Uploading a media recording as an assignment submission in Canvas

Images: Uploading an image file as an assignment submission in Canvas

 

How to Check Your Student’s Liberty Assigned Email

Checking your Liberty email

 

How to Use Canvas Messaging to Contact Teachers

Messaging your teacher through the Canvas Inbox

 

How to Print Worksheets

PDF: Printing a PDF

Word: Printing a Word document

 

How to Scan a Document

Because scanner instructions vary from one scanner to another, please consult your scanner manual.

 

Who to Call for Help!

General & Enrollment Questions

Contact your advisor via email or call at 1 (866) 418-8741 to speak with the team.

 

Questions about Grades or Curriculum Feedback

Contact your teacher through the Canvas messaging system.

 

General Issues Related to Your Computer

Contact Liberty’s IT HelpDesk at 1 (866) 447-2869.

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