Getting equipped for the hybrid program (tech requirements)

Questions

Contact IT @wmitchell.edu
Information Technology Services

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 and fast, reliable Internet access. You will also need to keep your computer and its software in good working order.

Blackboard Learn

The platform for online coursework in the hybrid program is Blackboard Learn.

Want to know all about Blackboard Learn?

Checkout Blackboard’s 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.

Your Computer

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.

Off Campus

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.

On Campus

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.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Specification Minimum Required Recommended
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
Use bandwidthplace.com
to test your connection
3 Mbps
download speed
15 Mbps
download speed
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.
Accessories Anti-theft device
Carrying bag/case
External storage drive

Mobile devices may be used for some course functions.