Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements for Online and Blended Courses at Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies (SLU SPS)
Access your courses from just about any computer with an Internet connection. Public access or workplace access may be limited due to firewalls.*
SLU utilizes Blackboard as its online course management system. SLU SPS courses may be accessed at http://myslu.slu.edu.
Specific courses may have additional hardware and software requirements; please read the syllabus from your instructor for further information.
At a minimum you will need to have the following:
- Access to a desktop or laptop*
- Internet connectivity**
- Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser - certified by Blackboard (please note: Internet Explorer is not supported)
- Word processing software such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs or OpenOffice
- Presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs or OpenOffice
- PDF reader such as Adobe Reader
- Access to SLU email - details on how to access your account
*You should ensure that your Internet Service Provider does not have a firewall as it may interfere with certain online course features. This mainly happens in workplace settings. If you are accessing course content from a computer system at your workplace, be aware that many companies have strict firewall and internet security protocols and policies which may prohibit you from accessing course content.
**High-speed Internet access is recommended. Students using older, slower computers may have difficulty accessing the course or some of its functions or getting course pages to load in a timely manner. Likewise, connecting to the Internet via a dial-up connection will decrease the speed with which students can interact with course material; audio or video files will take substantially longer to load, and may appear choppy, or not at all.
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