Screenshot for EriksonOnline, the website used for delivering Erikson's online course content

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EriksonOnline, a user-friendly, web-based learning environment, will be your gateway to all course activities and materials. You’ll log in to EriksonOnline using a common web browser.

You’ll also use other free, common tools like Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Skype, Delicious, and Facebook to interact and collaborate.

Computer hardware and software requirements

To participate effectively in online courses at Erikson, you will need some basic personal computing skills and the hardware and software listed below.

Computer access

For each three-credit course, you will need access to a computer with internet access an average of five out of seven days a week, for a total of 10 or more hours per week. You can log in to EriksonOnline any time and anywhere, from any computer connected to the Internet (home, work, computer lab, public wi-fi location, etc.).

Internet connection requirements

High-speed Internet access is required. Anything faster than dial-up should work fine.

Hardware requirements

  • A personal computer running Windows XP/Vista or a Mac running OS X 10.4 (or higher)
  • Pentium 4 processor or higher for Windows. Intel processor for Mac
  • 512 MB of RAM (or higher)
  • Monitor with screen resolution of 1024 x 768 (or higher)
  • CD-ROM drive or CD/DVD combo drive
  • USB/Firewire web camera (or built-in camera)
  • USB headset/microphone (or built-in speakers and mic)
  • Printer

Software requirements

  • Word processing: Microsoft Word or compatible program such as OpenOffice Writer
  • Presentation graphics: Microsoft PowerPoint or compatible program such as OpenOffice Impress
  • Web browser: A free, downloadable browser capable of supporting Java and Javascript.  EriksonOnline recommends Firefox 3.0.3. or newer.  Microsoft Windows 7.0 for PCs and Safari 3 or newer for Macs may also be used.
  • Browser plug-ins: these common free downloads add functions you’ll need to your browser; they may already be installed
    Acrobat Reader – for opening and reading .pdf (Portable Document Format) files
    Flash Player – for playing Flash multimedia content
    QuickTime – for playing audio and video excerpts
  • Email software – Erikson email ( is required; a free account is provided once you are accepted to the program
  • Office 2007 Compatibility Pack – a free plug-in for exchanging files between previous releases of Microsoft Office and Office 2007 (for Windows and Microsoft Office users only)
  • Skype – for making telephone calls, sending instant messages, transferring files and participating in video conferences over the Internet