In the North American University online learning environment, computer software and hardware allows you to communicate clearly and effectively with faculty, staff, and other students. It is the vehicle by which you submit all course assignments. Without the appropriate software and hardware, you will not be able to access course materials, collaborate with faculty, and complete assignments for submission and grading. All courses at NAU require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Office. Assignments created using other applications, such as Google Documents, Open Office, WordPerfect, etc. are not acceptable. Macintosh files created using applications other than the MS Office suite are not satisfactory and will not be accepted by the instructor. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, may not be fully compatible with NAUmoodle, our online course management system.
NAU distance education students are expected to have good computer skills mentioned below, and to have access to a reliable computer and internet provider. Students are expected to solve their technical difficulties with their computer, Internet access, or other issues which are outside of the control of NAU staff. If you do not possess the skills mentioned below, you will have some technology to learn in addition to the curriculum of the courses you take and should make extra time in your schedule accordingly.