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If you are going to do up-to half your coursework online, you are going to need to be well prepared with technology. You will need the right equipment and you will need to be comfortable using it.
You will need a powerful computer and fast, reliable Internet access. You will also need to keep your computer and its software in good working order.
We strongly recommend that you get a laptop computer. You are going to be studying and connecting to classmates and professors at home, in the office, in hotels if you are on the road, and here at Mitchell Hamline when you come to campus. Get a laptop, and get it set up to fit your work style, and you’ll have that same experience wherever you are.
Good news: Whether you prefer a Mac or a PC, you are good. Both are compatible with the online components of our programs. You’ll want a full-size laptop. You need a screen big enough to do more than one thing at a time—you might be watching a professor’s lecture, following a link from the professor, and typing notes simultaneously. See specifications below.
You will need a quiet, comfortable place to set up your computer for online interactions. You’ll need a webcam with a microphone (most laptops have this built in). Laptop speakers aren’t great. Get a good set of headphones or speakers.
When you come to campus, antivirus software is required before you may access Mitchell’ Hamline’s wireless network. If you do not already have antivirus, you may download Microsoft Security Essentials for free.
The platform for online coursework in our programs is Blackboard Learn. To learn more about Blackboard Learn, check out the student tutorial page. Regularly check Blackboard Support to keep your software up to date. Look for “Supported End-User Technologies” in articles for the latest updates.
|Processor (CPU)||PC: 2.0 Ghz Intel or AMD||4th Gen Intel Core or AMD Quad Core|
|MAC: Intel Core i5||Intel Core i7|
|Memory (RAM)||2 GB||4 GB or greater|
|Screen Size||10″||14″ or larger|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 768||1440 x 900|
|Hard Drive||80 GB||250 GB|
|Operating System||PC: Windows 7 or 8.1|
|MAC: OS X 10.7|
|Removable Disc||DVD/RW drive for installing software and backing up files|
|Productivity Software Suite||Microsoft Office 2010 or later (discounted through Mitchell Hamline)|
|Other Recommendations||Minimum Required||Recommended|
|Off-Campus Internet Access
to test your connection
|3G and 4G connections not recommended for exams|
|Webcam Resolution||640 x 480 or greater|
|Browser||See: Blackboard Support
Look for “Supported End-User Technologies” in articles.
External storage drive
Mobile devices may be used for some course functions.