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If you are going to do 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, fast, reliable Internet access, and a you will need to keep your computer and its software in good working order.
The platform for online coursework in the hybrid program is Blackboard Learn.
Want to know all about Blackboard Learn?
Regularly check Blackboard Support to keep your software up to date. Look for “Supported End-User Technologies” in articles for the latest.
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 when you come to campus. Get a laptop and get it set up to fit your workstyle 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 hybrid program. 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’s wireless network. If you do not already have antivirus, you may download Microsoft Security Essentials for free.
|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 William Mitchell)|
|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.