Technology Requirements for Online Learning

Franklin University encourages the use of electronic communication, technology, and computing for the purpose of instruction, administration, advancement, research, and study. Franklin’s campus network and internet resources were designed and implemented to support and enhance the education of Franklin University students. Students are provided with technology resources in classrooms, kiosks, laboratories, and via the internet. 

A wide variety of applications are available, including online courseware, scientific simulations, business applications, desktop publishing software, and a variety of programming environments. 

Please note that students who do not meet the minimum application, OS, browser or hardware specifications other than listed as “required” below, risk not receiving assistance from the Help Desk. The following hardware and software requirements are applicable for all registered students:

General Technology Requirements

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • Dual Core processor at 1 GHz or faster
  • 2 GB RAM minimum (4 GB+ recommended)
  • 40 GB or higher of available hard drive space at the beginning of each term
  • DVD optical drive (needed for some courses)
  • 1024 x 768 minimum resolution display
  • Microphone and speakers or headset
  • Broadband internet connectivity

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)

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.



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