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Technical Requirements for Online Learning

Below is a list of technical requirements and recommendations for successful online learning at UL Lafayette.   Your instructor may also have additional specific requirements for your course(s.) Make sure to verify additional technical requirements with your instructor.

Devices
We do not recommend mobile devices like iPads and Chromebooks for coursework since many of the applications used in your online courses require more processing power than those devices currently offer. Also, these would not be acceptable for a proctored exam.

Browser Compatibility Check
It is strongly recommended for students taking online courses using Moodle, the university's learning management system, to download Mozilla Firefox.  Check your browser using this free tool to make sure it's up to par.

Speed Test
Your internet download & upload speed should be 2 Mbps or higher.  You can test your speed using this free site.

Operating System and Storage
Recommendations for PC users is Windows Vista or better, Mac users MacOSx 10.5 or better. To check PC users should type: "about your PC" in their computer's search bar, and Mac users should click on the apple icon and choose "About this Mac".  RAM should be 1GB or higher and can be found at the same location.

Webcam, Microphone, and Speakers
Proctored tests and coursework will require that your webcam, microphone, and speakers are in working order. Test them here.

Free Anti-Virus Software
Download university-approved Sophos Anti-Virus software to protect your computer and documents.

Free Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
You will need Microsoft Office applications to complete assignments.  Follow the directions at this site to add it to your computer.

Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader will help you open PDF files in your course.  Fill in the three drop downs on the left-hand side of this page and then download.

Mobile Apps
Download the UL Lafayette mobile app to stay up-to-date on pertinent university information and the Moodle app so you can access your coursework while on the go.