Prepare Your Device

Step 1 - Determine your "Online Readiness"

Smarter Measure Online Readiness Test helps you to determine whether online learning is for you. The Smarter Measure tool will ask you questions in a variety of areas to access your preparedness for online courses and to assist you in understanding what to expect in an online course.

The questions include topics about:

  1. Technology experience
  2. Access to tools
  3. Study habits
  4. Lifestyle
  5. Goals and purposes
  6. Learning preferences & resources

Click here to begin your assessment.

Step 2 - Check your Computer Hardware and Software

One of the challenges many face with enrolling in and completing an online course is the accessibility to the required and recommended software and hardware. Different institutions, and even different courses within the same institution, have varying technology requirements. Check your hardware and software systems to determine it's compatibility with the online course you have selected.

Minimum hardware recommendations to take online courses:

  • 2 Gigahertz P4 CPU with a minimum of 512 Megabytes of RAM (or of similar performance), 40 Gigabyte Hard Drive
  • CD-ROM Drive with read/write capabilities
  • USB port(s)
  • 10/100 Ethernet Adapter for Broadband and/or 56K Data Modem for dialup network connection. Broadband or other high-speed internet connections are recommended for online courses.
  • WiFi 802.11 a, b or g. Wireless network adapter (Laptops only & only if Wireless network connectivity is offered on campus)
  • Sound Card, and Speakers or Headphones
  • 1024 x 768 Monitor Resolution and Printer

Operating Systems recommended for online study:

  • MS Windows XP (or later version) for PCs
  • MAC OS 10 (or later version) for Apple Macintosh

Application Software recommended for online study:

  • MS Office

***Remember, requirements for online study vary from institution to institution and from course to course.  Check with your instructors or online course coordinator for these requirements.

Step 3 - Check your Internet Browser Compatibility

Is your internet browser compatible with the recommended specifications of an online course? Click here to determine if your browser is compatible.

Step 4 - Get Your Username & Password for GeorgiaView Vista login

After completing steps 1 - 3, you should now be able to make a well-informed decision to pursue online study. It's time to begin. The following steps will guide you in obtaining a username and password as well as provide you with information on support services available.

Continuing and current Georgia View Vista users :If you have used GeorgiaView Vista at AMSC, your username and password are still valid. New students and new GeorgiaView Vista users: To obtain access to your online class, you must first register for classes either online or on-campus. Click here to view the process for online course registration.

After registration, you will be provided a username and password that will allow you to login to GeorgiaView Vista, which is the online platform where online courses are taught. After you are registered, to obtain your username and password, go to the Academic Support Center, located on the 3rd Floor of the Library Building.