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Technology Recommendations for Online and Hybrid Learning

For the 2020-21 academic year, every student should have a computer with a current operating system and up-to-date antivirus software, capable of running Microsoft Office, a modern web browser, and Zoom. A device with a camera and microphone will be needed to participate in Zoom meetings, and a pair of headphones or a headset is strongly recommended. A reliable broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) Internet connection is required. Access to an up-to-date mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet may also be useful.

Hardware, Connectivity, and Software Recommendations

  • Operating System
    • MacOS X with macOS 10.10 or later (10.14 or later recommended)
    • Windows 10 Home, 8.1, 8, 7 (10 Pro or Enterprise recommended)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 or higher
    • Mobile: iOS 12.0 or newer, Android 5.0 or newer
  • Modern web browser
    • Chrome 79 or newer
    • Firefox 73 or newer
    • Safari 12 or newer
    • Edge 79 or newer
  • Computer specifications and peripherals
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz or higher (Quad core processors recommended)
    • RAM: 4GB (16GB recommended)
    • Sound card and speakers or external webcam with integrated audio
    • Webcam 640x480 resolution (1280x720 resolution recommended)
    • Noise canceling headset or other way to ensure a private, distraction free environment during sessions
    • Make sure your computer meets Zoom’s system requirements
    • Zoom has a list of supported equipment for use with the Zoom desktop client
    • Internet speed - SPEEDTEST allows you to check the speed of your current connection
    • A high-speed internet connection (cable, DSL or similar), minimum of 512kbps 800kbps/1.0Mbps (up/down) for high quality video
    • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 2.5mbps (up/down)
    • Sending 1080p HD video requires 3.0Mbps (up/down)
    • Here are tips from IT for improving the speed of your home internet connection.
    • We also encourage you to consult with the IT Service Desk if you want specific advice on how to work with your Internet Service Provider to optimize your home connection.
  • Virus protection software
    • Up-to-date virus protection software. Software is available for those who need it through IT (ITservice@lclark.edu; (503) 768-7225).
  • Other software
    • Lewis & Clark G-suite. Ensure mail from Lewis & Clark is not automatically blocked.
    • Microsoft Office. Office 365 for Students is available free from Microsoft.
    • Some classes may require other software. These requirements should be listed in the syllabus or check with IT to ensure your computer meets the requirements to access our computer labs remotely.

Computing Facilities for Students

Campus computer labs have been configured to support socially distant access. Remote access to specialized software normally accessed through labs will also be available though our remote access lab. Information on minimum system requirements and instructions for accessing these labs will be available at the end of August on the IT Help pages.

Printing on Campus

Printers are provided for student use in computer labs. For more information please, visit our Lab Printing page. Specialty printing for students is available through the Resource Lab.

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