Distance Education Technology Requirements
|For PCs||For Macs|
|Operating System||Windows XP or Newer||Mac OSX 10.5 or 10.6|
Internet Explorer 7 or newer
Firefox 3 or newer
Safari 3.2 or 4.0
Firefox 3.5 or 3.6
High-Speed Internet Connection
Students should have a reliable Internet Service Provider with speeds suitable for streaming video and accessing large files. These speeds are most often delivered by cable, DSL, or satellite. Students with dial-up connections will still be able to use Blackboard and Tegrity, but please be aware that neither system will operate quickly with low speeds. Also, dial-up internet connections have shown to be problematic for uploading video for courses such as Speech and Biblical Preaching. The minimum average connection speed recommended is 640 Kbps.
Software Needed for Submitting Assignments
All assignments must be composed digitally and turned in through the Blackboard Learning System. This will require productivity software like Microsoft Office or OpenOffice. Assignments can typically be submitted in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint or Rich Text Format. Assignments should never be submitted in Microsoft Works because faculty members cannot open files created in Works. Students should always check with their instructors concerning acceptable formats before submitting assignments.
Creating Video Content for Courses
Several courses require students to produce video presentations. SAGU will supply the necessary access and instructions to accomplish this task. Students are required to provide the hardware which can include a web cam and microphone.
Blackboard and Tegrity both offer mobile apps for accessing class materials via smartphones and tablets. Currently, the Blackboard Mobile App is only available on iPhones and iPads, while the Tegrity App is available for both iOS and Android phones. Please note: Mobile devices will not be able to complete all course requirements. Students will still need regular access to a computer.