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Virtual Learning Centre

What set-up requirements do I need to take a Virtual Learning Course?

In order to attend the workshop, you will need a minimum set-up that includes the following:

  • A quiet, comfortable place to work
    You will need a quiet, comfortable workspace, including a comfortable chair, plenty of light and privacy.
  • A computer
    If you're using a laptop, make sure that is plugged into the mains - don't rely on your batteries. You need a minimum of 256 MB of RAM, but we would recommend a minimum of 1 GB and preferably more than that. You will also need a browser to connect to the software, and a good sound card.
  • Fast Internet Connection
    You will also need fast broadband connection to the Internet. As a participant, you need a fast download speed, upload isn’t as important. You can check your broadband connection speeds, with various free programs that you can find on the Internet. Try www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk. Your Internet connection should be hard wired via a LAN connection, or Ethernet cable. These are preferable, as a wireless connection can cause the sound to drop in and out.
  • High-quality headset
    A high-quality headset is a must. This is often a neglected part of online classroom events, but it can make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful session. If the quality of the sound is poor, the learners will soon switch off. So get the best quality headset you can - they are not expensive and are worth every penny.

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