A high-speed or broadband connection is strongly recommended, however you can get away with a 56K connection if needed. With the slower connection, accessing the course, running web-based applications, downloading course materials, uploading assignments, and finding information online will be much slower and more cumbersome. Sometimes, however, the slower connection may be all that is available in certain parts of the world. Students working temporarily in certain areas of Africa, for example, may only be able to connect via modem. If you will traveling for several weeks to an area without good coverage, you may want to take that semester off from coursework.