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.
If you do not currenlty possess the following skills, we recommend attending additional training prior to your participation in the program.
Many instructors utilize 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.
Other Recommended Proficiencies
- Accessing the Internet using a browser
- Typing in and accessing a Web address
- Internet Explorer experience
- Setting "Favorites"
- Basic PC Use and navigation (creating folders, retrieving documents, start menu)
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office (cut and paste, save as, moving between open documents)
- Specific courses or degree programs may have additional requirements
We highly recommend the use of an IBM compatible (PC) computer 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
- Internet connection* 56K modem broadband (Cable/DSL connection)
- Operating system Windows 2000 or higher, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.
- Pentium Processor 500 MHz or greater
- RAM 256 MB to 512 MB
- Latest version of Internet Explorer OR Mozilla Firefox
- Antivirus software
- Microsoft Office 2000 or higher
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version) - a free download at here
- USB Ports
- Monitor capable of 1024 x 768 resolution
- CD/DVD ROM
- Speakers/sound card
- Additional software as required by specific courses or degree programs
* You must ensure that your ISP firewalls do not interfere with certain online course features, most notably chat rooms. This mainly happens in workplace networks but can also occur if you have installed additional security measures at home. If you have installed Norton Utilities, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Yahoo or Google toolbars, or any other pop-up blocker, you will need to adjust your settings.
For additional information technology information please visit the CSS IT Help Desk.