Technology Requirements

A portion of your coursework may include an online component. In order to be successful in this type of academic environment, students should be self-directed learners and comfortable using a computer. Feel free to take the Distance Learning Assessment to see if online learning would be a good fit for you.

Technology Skills

 If you want to brush up on certain skills, as a student of The College of St. Scholastica you can view tutorials on Microsoft Office products, Internet browsers, and more on the Atomic Learning website.

Blackboard

Many instructors use an online learning tool, Blackboard, in their courses. Program faculty and staff will provide instructions for using Blackboard. You will obtain general Blackboard information; FAQs; complete a browser tune-up to test your system requirements; or you can contact Blackboard Support to receive a test login and preview Blackboard on your own. Visit the Academic Technology Center for more information about Blackboard and other online learning tools.

Computer recommendations

We highly recommend the use of a computer or laptop that meets the standards below. There is a possiblity that other systems may perform adequately, but they are not supported by our technology support personnel. St. Scholastica will provide an email account that is accessible via the Internet.

Minimum recommended PC requirements

  • Operating system Windows Vista or Windows 7 or higher

Minimum recommended Mac requirements

  • OSX 10.7 or higher

Internet Connection - minimum recommendations

  • Internet connection* 56K modem broadband (Cable/DSL connection)
  • Latest version of browser:

Software/Hardware

  • Antivirus software
  • Word Processing program (certain courses or degree programs may require specific processing program)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version) - free download
  • Additional software as required by specific courses or degree programs

For additional information technology information, please visit the CSS IT web site.

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