Online Technology Requirements | Franklin University | Columbus, OH

Technology Requirements for Online Learning

General Technology

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • Current model computer (less than 2 years of age)
  • DVD optical drive
  • 2 GB RAM minimum (4 GB+ recommended)
  • 40 GB or higher of available hard drive space at the beginning of each term
  • Monitor, 1024 x 768 minimum resolution
  • Sound card
  • Microphone, speakers or headset
  • Internet connectivity (Broadband required for an optimal experience)
  • Printer
  • USB (thumb) drive port and drive (required for transferring data from Franklin University machines)

Operating System and Software Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Access)
  • Current version of Internet browser required (There may be better experience with Franklin resources in a specific browser):
    • Chrome
    • Internet Explorer
    • Firefox
  • Virus protection – updated and scanned regularly
  • Familiarity with firewall, pop-up blocker, and anti-spam software (if these applications are used)
  • Email is provided by Franklin University

Students who choose to use applications other than those listed do so  knowing that faculty will be using the software listed above. It is the  student’s responsibility to create and distribute correspondence and  shared files in a format that can be read by faculty and fellow  classmates.

In order to use all of the Franklin-supplied technology resources,  students must be able to load software on the computers they will be  using. Some courses may require additional software.  Technology changes rapidly – as a result, these requirements are  subject to change.

Special Technology Requirements

Computer and Information Sciences and Health Information Management majors (COMP, DCOM, HIM, IMD, ISEC, ITEC, MIS, and WEBD) are expected to exceed the General Technology Requirements. To maximize the educational experience, Computer and Information  Sciences students as well as Healthcare Information Systems
Management students must have:

  • Current model computer (less than 2 years of age)
    DVD optical drive
  • 2 GB RAM minimum (4 GB+ recommended)
  • Broadband access
  • 40 GB or higher of available hard drive space at the beginning of each term

Computer and Information Sciences students, in addition to Healthcare Information Management students, must be prepared to invest in additional software when necessary and be able to install and uninstall this software without assistance.

Communications students and Master of Science in Marketing & Communication students must also have the following in addition to the General Technology Requirements:

  • Broadband access
  • Web Cam

Interactive Media Design students must also have the following in addition to the General Technology Requirements:

  • Adobe Creative Suite 4 or newer

Instructional Design & Performance Technology (IDPT) students are expected to exceed the General Technology Requirements. To maximize the educational experience, IDPT students must have:

  • Broadband access
  • Web Cam
  • Articulate Studio (1. Directions for purchase will be provided. 2. The Apple operating system is not supported; students must have access to a Windows system. 3. Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word are required for Articulate.) 

Students enrolled in SCIE 114 Earth Science must have the following in addition to the General Technology requirements:

  • Broadband access

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